July 19, 2019

Golf legend Seve Ballesteros dies at 54

For a time Seve Ballesteros made The Open his own. A special player and a special man.

Spanish golf legend Seve Ballesteros has died after a three year battle with cancer aged 54.

The five time major winner died surrounded by his family at his home in Pedrena, northern Spain, early on Saturday morning.

Ballesteros collapsed at Madrid airport in 2008, and was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. He had four subsequent operations to remove the tumour as well undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

The Ballesteros family expressed gratitude for the “support and gestures of love” it had received and asked for “respect and privacy at such a painful time.”

Ballesteros was a true original, with a larger than life personality. He played outrageous shots at times and had an unflappable self-belief that he could make any shot.

Seve won 87 titles in his glittering career, including the British Open in 1979, 1984 and 1988. In 1980, Ballesteros became the first European to win the US Masters, repeating the feat in 1983.

In the Ryder Cup battle with America, Ballesteros was a colossus, playing in eight contests, amassing 20 points from 37 matches. He captained Europe to victory at Valderrama in 1997.

Ballesteros described his battle against the cancerous tumor as the “hardest challenge of my life.” Unfortunately for Ballesteros and the golfing world, Seve didn’t have a magical shot to get him out of trouble in this match.

Newswarped says – RIP Seve (9 April 1957 – 7 May 2011). We loved watching you play and we loved your flamboyance and humour.