AttachmentTrajectory Golf Course Design
Date of Birth:09/04/1957
Place of BirthPedrena, Spain
FamilyChildren: Baldomero (1990), Miguel (1992), Carmen (1994)
Turned Pro1974
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Severiano Ballesteros Sota, of Spain, died on May 7 following a valiant battle with the cancer diagnosed as a malignant brain tumour after he lost consciousness in Madrid Airport on October 5, 2008. A superlative career offered a CV no other European golfer can match with five Major Championships, 50 European Tour wins, 37 other titles worldwide and, of course, a remarkable Ryder Cup record crowned by his winning performance as Captain in 1997 at Club de Golf Valderrama in Spain. That career was cut short at the age of 40 by an arthritic back, but his death at 54 years old sadly brings a premature end to a life which embroidered the game. Charismatic presence behind the European revival in The Ryder Cup, winning 20 points from 37 matches against the United States. Played an inspirational role, as Captain, in Europe’s retention of The Ryder Cup at Valderrama in 1997. Also instrumental in the birth of The Seve Trophy. One of four brothers – all golf professionals – he learned the game at the age of seven, using a cut down three iron on the beach near his home in Santander. Exploded into the limelight in The 1976 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, and went on to capture the Claret Jug on three occasions. Made an emotional return to The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in 2006 with his son on the bag and 12 months later, at the age of 50 and three months, he announced his retirement from the competitive side of the game on the eve of The Open at Carnoustie.

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European Tour Wins50
Wins this season0
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Biggest European Tour Prize:: € 210,000 (1991)


Ryder Cup 1979, 83, 85 (winners), 87 (winners), 89, 91, 93, 95 (winners), 97 (winners) (Captain) Alfred Dunhill Cup 1985, 86, 88 World Cup 1975, 76 (winner with Manuel Pinero), 1977 (winner with Antonio Garrido), 91 Hennessy Cognac Cup 1976, 78, 80 Double Diamond 1975, 76, 77 Seve Trophy (Captain) 2000 (winners), 02, 03, 07 Royal Trophy (Captain) 2006 (winners), 07 (winners)

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