Severiano Ballesteros pictured in 1979. He died on 7th. May 2011 at 2.11 am aged 54.
From October 2008 he had been treated for a malignant brain tumour.
He won 50 European Tour events between 1976 and 1995.
Biography : the 1970s. A young Seve catches the eye and wins his first major.
Severiano Ballesteros turned professional at the tender age of 16 in
1974 and it was not long before he was catching the eye with some
dazzling performances. His first tournament victory came in 1976 at the
Dutch Open and the precocious teenager followed that up by winning the
Lancome Trophy. By the end of the season Ballesteros was the leading
European money winner ahead of the likes of Eamonn Darcy,Sam Torrance
and fellow countryman Manuel Pinero with a total of £39,503. Ballesteros
captured the imagination with a stunning performance in the 1976 Open
at Birkdale where,at just 19 years of age,he finished joint second with
the legendary Jack Nicklaus behind Johnny Miller - Seve had truly
He remained on top of the money lists for the next two seasons
with victories at the French Open,Uniroyal International and Swiss Open
in 1977 and at the Martini International,German
International,Scandinavian Open and Swiss Open in 1978. The experts were
predicting that it would not be long before Seve collected his first
major and in 1979 they were proved right. The handsome young man from
Pedrena in Northern Spain was the only player under par in difficult
conditions at Royal Lytham & St.Annes and his one under total was
sufficient to give him victory by three strokes from Jack Nicklaus and
Ben Crenshaw. Seve's wayward driving was more than made up for with his
quite brilliant recovery shots as he saved par time and time again,even
making birdie at the 16th after he had driven into a car park!
Ballesteros made his Ryder Cup debut later that year but it was not a
happy memory as the European team went down to a 17-11 defeat with Seve
being defeated four times by the leading American player Larry Nelson.