José María Olazábal, two-time champion of the Augusta Masters, will travel with the Irishman Nick Edmund 20 kilometers of the Camino de Santiago, from the Hondarribia golf club to San Sebastián, in a solidarity campaign against cancer.
From the Real Golf Club de San Sebastián, located in the Jaizubia neighborhood of Hondarribia, Edmund and Olazabal have traveled to the Basozabal course, in the capital of San Sebastian, to play there also hole 4 and place the flag of your organization.
Edmund, who worked for 15 years with Nick Faldo at his design company, has survived cancer four times, a number that inspires his activity, since in each field he will play hole 4.
This is his fourth “walking golf route” to raise awareness of the “GlobalGolf4Cancer” campaign, With which, since 2017, it aims to give visibility to this disease through golf and show the need to invest in research.
To date, he has traveled 2,000 kilometers on routes that have taken him through Ireland and Scotland and that have brought him closer to some of the most illustrious fields in the world., like those of Pebble Beach, Royal Liverpool or St. Andrews.
As he explains on his organization’s website, he chose the number 4 as a symbol of his campaign because one in four people suffers from cancer, because all golf courses have a 4th hole and because par 4 is the most common in this sport.
Olazabal learned about his initiative and invited him in 2017 to the tournament that he organizes together with Rafael Nadal in Mallorca, where the idea of bringing his solidarity campaign to the northern road came from.
“When we learned about Nick’s amazing campaign and his tremendous battle against cancer we invited him to the Olazabal & Nadal Invitational in Pula, Mallorca”, recalls the Gipuzkoan golfer, who affirms that he promised him that if he was able to try to make the Camino de Santiago he would join him at the Gipuzkoan club, “his home”.
“I am delighted that the plan is finally a reality”, Olazabal has indicated.
Edmund explained that he had to postpone the route “due to a combination of cancer and covid” and recalled that today it was exactly four years since he arrived in Mallorca, where the route that began this Tuesday was forged.
The beginning of a “difficult” path that will culminate in December at hole 4 of the Pedreña course, in Cantabria.