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Seve Ballesteros: Golf

Severiano “Seve” Ballesteros Sota (April 9, 1957 – May 7, 2011) was a golf legend from Spain who won five championships. His flamboyant style made his tournament victories in Europe and the U.S. memorable. Ballesteros is a member of a gifted golfing family. It was in 1976 when he gained attention in the golfing world, when he was only 19, finishing second at The Open. Seve Ballesteros was a World No. 1, golf’s leading figure during the mid 70s until the mid 90s.

Greatest Sporting Achievements

Seve Ballesteros won a record of 50 European Titles. He won at least one European Tour title for 17 straight years between 1976 and 1992. He won 9 PGA Tours, 2 Masters and 3 British Opens. Ballesteros is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, became European Player of the Year and Spanish Sportsman of the Century in 2000. He became European Tour Player of the Year in 1985, 1988 and 1991. He became a member of the Europe Ryder Cup team for 8 years and became the captain of the European team in the 1997 Ryder Cup.

Why Was He So Good?

Seve Ballesteros’ originality, imagination and creativity on the golf course made him a golf legend.

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