No golfer has epitomized the spirit of European golf like Severiano Ballesteros. The native of Spain did for European golf what Arnold Palmer did for golf in America.
Since turning professional in 1975, golf’s ultimate competitor has truly represented golf’s global appeal by spearheading Europe’s rise to Ryder Cup glory.
Ballesteros played on a rare combination of talent and heart. His intensity and style of play have constantly required high-risk recoveries and clutch putting that drew fans into his corner. His gifts of imagination, touch and determination on the course helped Ballesteros win more than 70 professional tournaments, including five Majors.
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.