Severiano “Seve” Ballesteros Sota; (9 April 1957 – 7 May 2011), was a Spanish professional golfer, a World No. 1 who was one of the sport’s leading figures from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s.
No golfer has epitomised the spirit of European golf like Severiano Ballesteros. The native of Spain did for European golf what Arnold Palmer did for golf in America.
Two decades before Tiger Woods exploded onto the scene as a professional, Seve Ballesteros was golf’s teenage prodigy, dazzling the golf world with a runner-up finish at The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale as a 19-year-old.
“I knew at the time I won the Open in 1988 that I had reached some sort of peak, that it was a round of golf that I would think fondly about for the rest of my life.”
He won more than 90 international tournaments in an illustrious career, including five major championships between 1979 and 1988: The Open Championship three times, and the Masters Tournament twice.
He played a leading role in the re-emergence of European golf, helping the European Ryder Cup team to five wins both as a player and captain. He won the World Match Play Championship a record-tying five times. He is generally regarded as the greatest Continental European golfer of all time.
Brain Tumour and death.
At Madrid-Barajas Airport on 6 October 2008, Ballesteros lost consciousness and was admitted to hospital. Six days later, he confirmed that he had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour.
Mr Ballesteros died of complications from brain cancer on 7 May 2011, at the age of 54.
Enjoy a few clips of Seve doing what he does best at various Opens and the sad shot at the Belfry at the end.