Another great sportsmen and personality passed away this week. Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros lost his long battle with cancer, having been diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2008.
Ballesteros won 5 majors amongst his 87 title wins during his career. He was the first European and youngest man to win the Augusta Masters in 1980 aged just 23, repeating the feat in 1983. Seve also played in 8 Ryder Cups and lead Europe to victory over the USA in 1997. No golfer did more to popularise the game in Europe than Seve Ballesteros. Tiger Woods said on Twitter: “Seve was one of the most talented and exciting golfers to ever play the game.”
Seve Ballesteros topped golf’s world rankings for 61 weeks between 1986 and 1989 and won the World Match Play Championship five times, equalling Gary Player‘s record. Unfortunately back problems started to effect his game and he won the last of his record 50 European Tour titles in 1995. He will be missed by all that ever played, or followed the game.
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