Former Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal paid a hefty fine for speeding on Georgia Hwy. 21 in Effingham County at about 2 p.m. Monday, on his way from Augusta, Ga., to the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.
Olazabal was traveling at 97 mph in a 65-mph zone when a deputy pulled him over. The two-time Masters champ explained that he was on his way to Hilton Head Island for the Heritage; he was apologetic and "totally cool" with deputies, according to Effingham County Sheriff's Office spokesman David Ehsanipoor.
Because Olazabal had an address in Spain, deputies asked that he follow them to the Sheriff's Office to post a cash bond of $621, which is the fine for going that speed, Ehsanipoor said. The golfer cooperated and was at the Sheriff's Office for only a few minutes as deputies processed his paperwork and released him, Ehsanipoor said.
Olazabal has played in three previous Heritages, his best finish a tie for sixth in 2009, which also was the last time he has played the tournament.