Severiano Ballesteros

Severiano Ballesteros
Personal Information
BirthMarch 9 1957 (1957--) (age 50)
Pedreña, Spain
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg)
Nationality Spain
SpouseCarmen (1988-2004)
ChildrenJavier (1990), Miguel (1992),
Carmen (1994)
ResidenceMonaco, Spain
CollegeNone
Career
Turned Pro1974
Retired2007
Former ToursEuropean Tour
Champions Tour
European Seniors Tour
Professional wins94 (European Tour: 49, PGA Tour: 9
Other: 36)
Best Results in Major Championships
Wins: 5
MastersWon 1980, 1983
U.S. Open3rd: 1987
The Open ChampionshipWon 1979, 1984, 1988
PGA Championship5th: 1984
Awards
European Tour Order of Merit Winner1976, 1977, 1978, 1986, 1988, 1991
World Golf Hall of Fame1997


Severiano "Seve" Ballesteros (born 9 April 1957) is a Spanish former professional golfer and former World No. 1, who was one of the sport's leading figures from the mid 1970s to the mid 1990s.

Career outline

Ballesteros was born in Pedreña, Cantabria, Spain. He learned the game while playing on the beaches near his home, mainly using a 3-iron given to him by one of his older brothers. His uncle Ramón Sota was Spanish professional champion four times and finished 6th in The Masters in 1965. Severiano's older brother Manuel finished in the top 100 on the European Tour order of merit every year from 1972 to 1983, and later became Severiano's manager. Brothers Vicente and Baldomero are also professional golfers, but made little impact in tournament golf. Severiano's nephew Raúl has played the European Tour since the turn of the millennium, but has had little success.

Ballesteros turned professional in March 1974 at the age of 16. In 1976, he burst onto the international scene with a second-place finish in The Open Championship; he went on to win the European Tour Order of Merit (money title) that year, and repeated his Order of Merit win the following two years. He would go on to win the Order of Merit six times, a record at that time (since surpassed by Colin Montgomerie). In 1988, he led the Official World Golf Rankings at the end of the year; these rankings were not inaugurated until April 1986, but Ballesteros also led McCormack's World Golf Rankings, published in McCormack's "World Of Professional Golf" annuals (from which the official rankings were developed) from 1983 to 1985.

Ballesteros went on to win five major championships: He was also a great at match play; he won the World Match Play Championship five times, and was a mainstay of the European Ryder Cup team for much of the 1980s and 1990s. He scored 20 points out of 37 matches against the United States; his partnership with fellow Spaniard José María Olazábal was the most successful in the history of the competition, with 11 wins and two halved matches out of 15 pairs matches. While Ballesteros was a member of European sides that won the Ryder Cup in 1985, retained the Cup in 1987 and 1989, and regained the Cup in 1995, the pinnacle of his career in the competition came in 1997, when he captained the winning European side at Valderrama Golf Club in Sotogrande, Spain. This was the first Ryder Cup ever held in continental Europe.

In 2000, he created The Seve Trophy, a team competition similar to the Ryder Cup pitting a team from Great Britain and Ireland against one from continental Europe.

Ballesteros had played sparingly since the late 1990s due to back problems, and made his first start in years at the 2005 Madrid Open. He stated a desire to play more tournaments in the 2006 season. He entered the 2006 Open Championship, having played just one other event on the European Tour, The Open de France Alstom, where he missed the cut. He runs a thriving golf course design business, is divorced with three children and has been eligible for the Champions Tour and European Seniors Tour upon turning 50 in 2007.

Ballesteros was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1997.

He was announced again as non-playing captain of the 2007 European team to defend the Royal Trophy against the Asian team at the Amata Spring Country Club in Bangkok.

After further recurrence of his back problems, which contributed to his finishing tied for last in his only Champions Tour start, Ballesteros announced his retirement from golf on 16 July 2007, ringing down the curtain on an illustrious career. During the news conference, he also addressed reports in European media that he had attempted suicide, saying that those reports "were not even close to reality". He had been briefly hospitalized when he became concerned about the condition of his heart, but was released the same day after being given a clean bill of health.[1]

Quotations

"I really believe that when things are going your way, it is your destiny to win. So many great things happen."

"I feel calm in calm colors. I don't want people to watch the way I dress. I want people to watch the way I play."

"Seve can have an off week and still win. But if Seve plays well and the rest of us play well, Seve wins." --Ben Crenshaw on Seve Ballesteros[2]

European Tour wins (49)

Major championships are shown in bold.

Ballesteros's win in the 1976 Lancome Trophy is omitted from his win list on his profile on the European Tour's official site, so only 48 wins are listed. This appears to be an error (1976 was the first year that the Trophy was an official money event, and it is included in the 1976 schedule on the official site, whereas the 1975 event was not). Some sources state that Ballesteros has 50 European Tour wins, but the basis for that figure is unclear.

PGA Tour wins (9)

Major championships are shown in bold. (Seve's Open Championship wins also count as PGA Tour wins. The two majors played in the United States did not count as European Tour events before 1987.)

Other wins (36)

Major Championships

Wins (5)

'''Year'''Championship'''54 Holes'''Winning Score'''Margin'''Runners Up
1979The Open Championship2 shot deficit-1 (73-65-75-70=283)3 strokesJack Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw
1980The Masters7 shot lead-13 (66-69-68-72=275)4 strokesGibby Gilbert, Jack Newton
1983The Masters (2)1 shot deficit-8 (68-70-73-69=280)4 strokesBen Crenshaw, Tom Kite
1984The Open Championship (2)2 shot deficit-12 (69-68-70-69=276)2 strokesTom Watson, Bernhard Langer
1988The Open Championship (3)2 shot deficit-12 (67-71-70-65=273)2 strokesNick Price

Results timeline

Tournament 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
The MastersDNPDNPT33T18T12
U.S. OpenDNPDNPDNPT16CUT
The Open ChampionshipCUTT2T15T171
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP


Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
The Masters1CUTT31CUTT24T2T115
U.S. OpenDQT41CUTT4T30T5T243T32T43
The Open ChampionshipT19T39T13T61T39T6T501T77
PGA ChampionshipDNPT3313T275T32CUTT10CUTT12


Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
The MastersT7T22T59T11T18T4543CUTCUTCUT
U.S. OpenT33CUTT23CUTT18CUTDNPDNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipCUTT9CUTT27T38T40CUTCUTCUTCUT
PGA ChampionshipCUTT23DNPDNPCUTCUTDNPDNPDNPDNP


Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
The MastersCUTCUTCUTCUTDNPDNPDNPCUT
U.S. OpenDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipCUTCUTDNPDNPDNPDNPCUTDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP


DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half way cut
DQ = disqualified
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Summary of major championship performances

  • Starts – 87
  • Wins – 5
  • 2nd place finishes – 3
  • Top 3 finishes – 10
  • Top 5 finishes – 15
  • Top 10 finishes – 20
  • Longest streak of top-10s in majors – 4

Team appearances

See also

Notes and references

1. ^ Ballesteros retires after failed try on Champions Tour. ESPN.com (2007-07-16). Retrieved on 2007-07-16.
2. ^ The Gigantic Book of Golf Quotations, ed. Jim Apfelbaum. Published in 2007

External links

World Number ones since 1986'''
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Seve Ballesteros | Fred Couples | David Duval | Ernie Els | Nick Faldo | Bernhard Langer | Tom Lehman | Greg Norman | Nick Price | Vijay Singh | Tiger Woods †| Ian Woosnam 
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