Severiano Ballesteros

May 7, 2011 by staff 

Severiano Ballesteros, A player of great boldness and style, Ballesteros won 87 titles including three Masters Open Championships (1979, 1984 and 1988) and two in Augusta (1980 and 1983). At one point made the World Match Play Championship at Wentworth own, winning four times between 1981 and 1985. It also proved an inspirational captain the European team that won the Ryder Cup at Valderrama in 1997.

Among the many assets Ballesteros was considerable strength, had big hands with each, he said, could capture 11 golf balls at a time. It was also a most attractive personality, and glamorous who joined him in the early days was enhanced by his youth. In July 1979 he became the youngest player in more than 100 years to win the Open next year, in Augusta, became at 23 the youngest Masters champion.

At its best Ballesteros was equipped with a unit on the rise, and his short game was one of the best ever seen on a golf course – on countless occasions he was able to make a birdie or two where it did not seem possible. It was again noted: “No matter where you hit the drive if you make the putt.”

It was a great chipper of the ball and a master of the bunker, and seemed to know instinctively how best to redeem a difficult situation, although he himself put it more prosaically: “The more you go to the trees, which have more practice. ”

Never a man to avoid the controversy, Ballesteros enjoyed some long-term battles with tournament referees and officials of both the European and U.S. Tours. A fierce pride was part of his makeup, in the tradition of their ancestors of Cantabria.

Severiano Ballesteros was born on April 9, 1957 in Pedro? One, a fishing village on the Bay of Biscay in northern Spain, the fifth son of a dairy farmer. One of his brothers died in infancy, and the other three, and Seve, they became professional players. It was a sporting family: Seve’s father was a well-known oarsman, and his mother’s brother had been a professional golfer who had competed in the Masters.

As a young boy Seve was a gifted athlete and soccer player, but at the age of nine years – with the support of his uncle – followed the lead of his older brothers and became a golf cart. Family farm is near the second hole of the Royal Pedre a golf course, but caddies are not allowed to play in it; for Seve practiced in secret at night when the place was deserted, and during the day took the nearby beach. At the same time increased his spending money by betting chip shots and pitch with the bases of support while waiting for other customers.

At the age of 10 who participated in the caddies ‘championship’, playing the first hole 10 and nine holes in just 51. In the same event next year, finished second (by returning a score of 42), and the following year he won over 18 holes, 79. This achievement led to him being allowed to use the course in the afternoon, more practice took place in the family barn, which would lead balls over and over again in a backdrop of hanging. He later said that between the ages of 12 and 18 years had been probably up to 1,000 golf balls a day.

Seve left school at 14 to concentrate on the game that would become his life. Three years later he qualified for the Open de Portugal at Estoril, where he scored 89. That same year, finished fifth in the Italian Open, and won the Spanish Junior Pro tournaments in 1974 and 1975.

It was in 1976, however, that the golf world realized that there was a potential new superstar. Ballesteros that he participated in no fewer than 34 tournaments, only once, missing the cut and collect some and 100,000 in prizes. In the Open at Royal Birkdale, at the age of just 19, finished in a tie for second with Jack Nicklaus, Ballesteros had started the last round in his head, but eventually succumbed by six strokes to Johnny Miller.

Just weeks later – in the Double Diamond World Golf Tournament at Gleneagles Hotel – Ballesteros beat Miller. Noting that, this time, Miller had been out of his party, the Spanish at all happy with his comment: “If at Birkdale to play well, you lose.”

In the same year, Ballesteros made commendable open the other European Championship, winning the Dutch event, and in October became the youngest player to take the Harry Vardon Trophy for lowest average stroke. He also beat Arnold Palmer to take the Lancome Trophy in Paris, which announced to the crowd looked at the tee session: “My heart tells me that the time has come”, he proceeded to birdie five of the nine holes remaining. Con? Manuel Pi ero won the World Cup for Spain in Palm Springs, California. He went to the European Order of Merit that year, as it would in 1977 and 1978.

Ballesteros in 1977-78 served in the Spanish Air Force, but could continue her career in golf. He won the Swiss, French and Japanese are open, and he returned to win the World Cup, this time with Antonio Garrido, held in Manila.

Ballesteros now seems almost unstoppable. In 1978 he won five Open titles (Switzerland, Japan, Kenya, Scandinavian and German) and finishing second in the French and Irish events. He also won his first title in America, the Greater Greensboro Open in North Carolina.

The 1979 British Open was held in testing conditions at Royal Lytham & St Anne’s. N continental Europe had won the event since Frenchman Arnaud Massey in 1907. Ballesteros, who at the time was still only 22, hit some rebel units (on one occasion found himself having to recover from a temporary parking), but returned scores of 73, 65, 75 and 70 to finish with a one-on – paragraph 283, leaving in its wake opponents as Jack Nicklaus and Hale Irwin. He was the only player on the field to finish under par.

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