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The Masters: Jose Maria Olazabal says special skills needed for Augusta

By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH.   Last Updated: 15/03/14 3:04pm

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Jose Maria Olazabal talks us through what makes a Masters champion

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Jose Maria Olazabal says it will take a special kind of player to be crowned Masters champion next month when the first major of the season gets underway at Augusta - live on Sky Sports.

The Spaniard has won the Masters twice, in 1994 and 1999, and is still the last European to slip on the famous green jacket at Augusta.

As the world's top golfers start their final month's preparations before this year's tournament, Olazabal says that it takes a special type of character to come away with the title.

Adam Scott defeated Miguel Angel Cabrera in a memorable play-off in last year's Masters, and whoever emerges with the 2014 title will have to display similar fighting qualities.

"I think it comes down to character, to will, to guts, to heart, there's a lot of things that make a player a champion there, and I think it's a combination of all these things," Olazabal told Sky Sports News.

Augusta splendour

Olazabal still holds Augusta National in the highest regard, and saying that even setting foot on the hallowed turf makes you realise that you are somewhere special.

As the only major to be held at the same venue, Augusta has grown into one of the most famed courses, if not the most, in the world, and Olazabal says that reputation is fully justified.

"The place itself is like a huge garden, how they take care of the flowers, the trees, the fairways the grass. How they cut the fairways, how they cut the holes, everything about it blows you apart to be honest.

"And then you realise that you are in a very special place."

Olazabal has been making a special destination of his own of late with his involvement in a Golf Academy on Velaa Private Island in the Maldives.

Watch the Masters with us live with coverage starting on Thursday April 10, 7pm on Sky Sports 4.

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