José Manuel Lara

Born: 21 May 1977, Valencia

Turned pro: 1997

When José Manuel Lara broke through for his first European Tour win in the UBS Hong Kong Open, Miguel Ángel Jiménez was waiting on the green and the first to congratulate him. One year later, Lara made his professional team debut, replacing the injured José María Olazábal as Jimenez’s partner in the 2007 World Cup in China. A former top amateur in Spain, representing his country at boys, youth and senior levels, he struggled for consistency in his early years on the Tour but made it a second win in 2010 at the Austrian Open.