SPRINGFIELD, Ga. — Speeding between the Masters and his next tournament cost Jose Maria Olazabal $621 when a Georgia deputy sheriff clocked the golfer at 97 mph on a rural highway.
Olazabal agreed to follow a deputy to the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office and pay the ticket in cash to settle the matter after he was stopped Monday afternoon traveling from Augusta to Hilton Head Island, S.C., for this week’s RBC Heritage tournament, sheriff’s spokesman David Ehsanipoor said.
Ehsanipoor said Tuesday that Olazabal “apologized, he was cooperative and after the paperwork was done he went on his way.”
Ehsanipoor said the deputy clocked Olazabal’s Mercedes-Benz exceeding the posted limit of 65 mph on the rural stretch of State Route 21, a divided four-lane highway near the Georgia-South Carolina state line.
Olazabal’s manager, Sergio Gomez, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Olazabal wasn’t jailed, but his mug shot was taken. Ehsanipoor said the Sheriff’s Office photographs everyone who is brought in on a criminal charge or citation.
A native of Spain, Olazabal has six PGA Tour victories since he turned professional in 1985. He won the Masters in 1994 and 1999.