Photo: Spaniard Seve Ballesteros Dies
Seve Ballesteros lost the battle to what he described as the ‘biggest mulligan of his life’ today at the age of 54 at his home in Pedrena, Spain.
The legendary five-time major title winner was diagnosed with two malignant brain tumors just one year after he retired in 2008. He quietly went into seclusion while undergoing a series of surgeries and treatments.
The Spaniard who won his last professional title back in 1995, the Spanish Open, is considered a pioneer in golf for Spain and Europe. After becoming a pro at age 16, he went on to become the first Spaniard/European to win a Masters title. He also won the U.S. Open in 1979, 1984 and 1988.
Another Ballesteros feat was to play in eight Ryder Cups where he captained the European team. Many of today’s professional Spanish and European golf pros credit his influence as the reason they are playing golf today.
“I am deeply saddened by the news on the passing of Seve. He had a real impact on me and on my life in this sport. He was a leader; bringing the spotlight to the European Tour, paving the way to European success at the Masters and bringing his relentless passion to the Ryder Cup. Today I would call him, Cirque du Soleil. For golf, he was the greatest show on earth. I was a fan and so fortunate I had front row seat.” — Nick Faldo.