PGA Catalunya would like to pay tribute to Spain’s golfing great, Seve Ballesteros by looking over his vast array of golfing achievements which made him one of the most outstanding golfers of the late 20th century.
Ballesteros won five Majors in an unforgettable career, and also captained Europe to Ryder Cup glory.
Here are some of the key dates in the life of golfing legend Ballesteros –
1974 – A young Ballesteros turns professional, just eight days after his 17th birthday. He scores 83 in his first-ever round on European Tour at the Spanish Open, finishing 118th out of 135. A matter of months later he finishes fifth at the Italian Open.
1976 – Ballesteros leads the Open at Birkdale for the first three days before finishing second to Johnny Miller. Four weeks later wins his first European Tour title at the Dutch Open and tops Order of Merit.
1978 – First victory in America at Greater Greensboro Open, plus seven other wins and Ballesteros reaches the European number one for a third successive year.
1979 – Makes Ryder Cup debut at just 22
1980 – Ballesteros makes Euorpean golf history by winning the Masters at Augusta
1985 – Helps Europe to win first Ryder Cup victory since 1957. He goes on to win four more times on the European Tour, capturing 27 titles.
1995 – 50th European Tour win at Spanish Open proves to be his last, as does his eighth Ryder Cup cap in dramatic win at Oak Hill.
1998 – Ballesteros’ last top-10 finish on European Tour comes at Dubai Desert Classic
2007 – Returns to Masters after four-year gap and takes part in his final European Tour rounds. At Carnoustie in July, Ballestoros announce his retirement from golf.
Watch this great video below featuring highlights from Ballesteros’ incredible career.
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