Seve Ballesteros

Intro Spanish golfer
Was Athlete Golfer Architect
From Spain
Type Engineering Sports
Gender male
Birth 9 April 1957, Pedreña, Spain
Death 7 May 2011, Pedreña, Spain (aged 54 years)
Star sign Aries
Stats
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 84 kg

Severiano Ballesteros Sota ([seβeˈɾjano βaʎesˈteɾos]; 9 April 1957 – 7 May 2011) was a Spanish professional golfer, a World No. 1 who was one of the sport's leading figures from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s. A member of a gifted golfing family, he won 90 international tournaments in his career, including five major championships between 1979 and 1988: the Open Championship three times and the Masters Tournament twice. He gained attention in the golfing world in 1976, when at the age of 19, he finished second at The Open. He played a leading role in the re-emergence of European golf, helping the European Ryder Cup team to five wins both as a player and captain. He is generally regarded as the greatest Continental European golfer of all time. Ballesteros won a record 50 European Tour titles. He won at least one European Tour title for 17 consecutive years between 1976 and 1992. His final victory was at the 1995 Peugeot Spanish Open. Largely because of back-related injuries, Ballesteros struggled with his form during the late 1990s. Despite this, he continued to be involved in golf, creating the Seve Trophy and running a golf course design business. Ballesteros eventually retired from competitive professional golf in 2007 because of continued poor form. In 2008 he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. Ballesteros was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for the second time at the BBC Sports Personality Awards 2009. He was presented with the award at his home in Spain by his compatriot and former Ryder Cup teammate José María Olazábal. Ballesteros died of brain cancer on 7 May 2011, aged 54.

Career outline

Early life and career

Severiano Ballesteros Sota was born in the village of Pedreña, Cantabria, Spain, on 9 April 1957, the youngest of five sons of Baldomero Ballesteros Presmanes (1919–1987), who was a farm laborer, and Carmen Sota Ocejo (1919–2002). One died in childhood, all the others became professional golfers. He learned the game while playing on the beaches near his home, at the time while he was supposed to be in school, mainly using a 3-iron given to him by his older brother Manuel when he was eight years old. His maternal uncle Ramón Sota was Spanish professional champion four times and finished sixth in the Masters Tournament in 1965. Ballesteros' older brother Manuel finished in the top 100 on the European Tour Order of Merit every year from 1972 to 1983, and later became Ballesteros' manager. His brothers Vicente and Baldomero, and nephew Raúl are also professional golfers. Ballesteros turned professional in March 1974 at the age of 16. He burst onto the international scene with a second-place finish in 1976 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale Golf Club. Ballesteros led by two shots after the third round, but a final round 74 saw him tie with Jack Nicklaus, six shots behind the winner Johnny Miller. He went on to win the European Tour Order of Merit (money title) that year, a title that he would win the next two years, and six times total, a record at the time (since surpassed by Colin Montgomerie). Ballesteros won his first Open Championship in 1979 with a closing 70, a round in which he famously hit his tee shot into a car park on the 16th hole yet still made a birdie. Ballesteros went on to win five major championships: the Masters Tournament in 1980 and 1983, and The Open Championship in 1979, 1984 and 1988. His 1980 Masters win was the first by a European player, and at the time he was the youngest winner of the tournament, at age 23 (though this record was broken by Tiger Woods in 1997, when he was 21 years old). His 1979 win at The Open Championship similarly made him the youngest winner of the tournament in the 20th century, and the first golfer from continental Europe to win a major since Frenchman Arnaud Massy won The Open in 1907. Ballesteros won the rain delayed Masters in 1983 by 5 shots. Ballesteros described the putt he holed on the 18th green at St Andrews to win the 1984 Open Championship as "the happiest moment of my whole sporting life." On 30 September 1983, Ballesteros joined the PGA Tour. In 1984 he played in 15 tournaments, the minimal amount allowed for a golfer with part-time membership. The following season he only played in 9 tournaments and was subsequently suspended by the PGA Tour for failing to meet his commitment. In 1988, Ballesteros won his fifth and last major title, The Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes. The final round was played on Monday after torrential rain had flooded the course and forced Saturday's play to be abandoned. Ballesteros described his final round of 65 which beat Nick Price by two shots as "perhaps the best round of my entire career." For much of the 1980s and 1990s, Ballesteros was a mainstay of the European Ryder Cup team. He scored 22½ points in 37 matches against the United States; his partnership with fellow Spaniard José María Olazábal was the most successful in the history of the competition, with 11 wins and two halved matches out of 15 pairs matches. While Ballesteros was a member of European sides that won the Ryder Cup in 1985, retained the Cup in 1987 and 1989, and regained the Cup in 1995, the pinnacle of his career in the competition came in 1997, when he captained the winning European side at Valderrama Golf Club in Sotogrande, Spain. This was the first Ryder Cup ever held in continental Europe. Ballesteros led the Official World Golf Ranking for a total of 61 weeks in the period from their inauguration (in April 1986) to September 1989, including being world number one at the end of the 1988 season. He also led McCormack's World Golf Rankings, published in McCormack's "World Of Professional Golf" annuals (from which the official rankings were developed) in 1983, 1984 and 1985. He was ever-present in the end of season world's top ten according to those rankings for fifteen years, from 1977 to 1991 inclusive.

Late career and retirement

In 1999, Ballesteros was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He was instrumental in introducing the Seve Trophy in 2000, a team competition similar to the Ryder Cup pitting a team from Great Britain and Ireland against one from continental Europe. In 2000, Ballesteros was ranked as the 16th greatest golfer of all time by Golf Digest magazine; he was the top golfer from the continent of Europe. Ballesteros had played sparingly since the late 1990s because of back problems, and made his first start in years at the 2005 Madrid Open. He stated a desire to play more tournaments in the 2006 season. He entered the 2006 Open Championship, having played just one other event on the European Tour, The Open de France Alstom, where he missed the cut. He ran a thriving golf course design business and had been eligible for the Champions Tour and European Seniors Tour upon turning 50 in 2007. Ballesteros had been the captain of the European team in the Royal Trophy since its inception in 2006. He was announced again as non-playing captain of the 2008 European team to defend the Royal Trophy against the Asian team at the Amata Spring Country Club in Bangkok. After further recurrences of his back problems, which contributed to his finishing tied for last in his only Champions Tour start, Ballesteros announced his retirement from golf on 16 July 2007, bringing down the curtain on an illustrious career. During the news conference, he also addressed reports in European media that he had attempted suicide, saying that those reports "were not even close to reality". He had been briefly hospitalized when he became concerned about the condition of his heart, but was released the same day after being given a clean bill of health. Ballesteros was a member of the Laureus World Sports Academy. He had become involved in European golf course design in his later years, most famously altering the 17th hole at Valderrama before the 1997 Ryder Cup.

Personal life

Ballesteros was married to Carmen Botín O'Shea, daughter of Emilio Botín, from 1988 until their divorce in 2004, in the municipality of Marina de Cudeyo in Cantabria. The couple had three children, Javier, Miguel and Carmen. The marriage was said to have run into trouble when Ballesteros could not accept the fact his career was on the wane.

Brain tumour and death

At Madrid-Barajas Airport on 6 October 2008, Ballesteros lost consciousness and was admitted to hospital. Six days later, he confirmed that he had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. On 15 October, Spanish news agency EFE reported that he had undergone a 12-hour operation to resect the tumour, the first of four operations he would have. A hospital spokeswoman stated that surgeons had removed a sizable part of the tumour. On 23 October, it was confirmed publicly that the tumour was classified as a cancerous oligoastrocytoma, and after a rapid deterioration of his health, further surgery took place on 24 October to stabilize him and try to remove the remainder of the tumour. On 24 October, it was confirmed that the tumour had been removed after a 6½-hour operation. On 3 November, it was confirmed by the hospital that he was starting his rehabilitation in the intensive care unit, and was breathing steadily. On 18 November, he was moved out of the intensive care unit and changed wards at Madrid's La Paz Hospital to continue his rehabilitation. Ballesteros was discharged from hospital on 9 December 2008. He then returned home to northern Spain and underwent chemotherapy treatment as an outpatient. In January 2009, a message on his website said he had responded well to one course of chemotherapy. "I am very motivated and working hard although I am aware that my recovery will be slow and therefore I need to be patient and have a lot of determination. For these reasons I am following strictly all the instructions that the doctors are giving me. Besides, the physiotherapists are doing a great job on me and I feel better every day." Ballesteros completed a second course of chemotherapy at Madrid's La Paz Hospital in February 2009. Speaking through his website he said, "The results of the check-up were really positive, better even than the first ones." He finished a third round of treatment in March 2009, and completed his fourth and final course of chemotherapy a month later. In June, Ballesteros made his first public appearance after treatment for the brain tumour. He said it was a "miracle" to be alive and he thanked everyone who had been involved in his care and welfare. At his first public appearance, Ballesteros announced the launch of the "Seve Ballesteros Foundation". This foundation was set up to help those with cancer fight it. The foundation aims to research cancer, especially brain tumours, but it will also help financially challenged young golfers, so they might be as successful as he. On 6 May 2011, Ballesteros' family released a statement announcing that his neurological condition had "suffered a severe deterioration". He died within hours of the announcement in the early hours of 7 May 2011; his older brother Baldomero confirmed the precise time of death at 2:10 am CEST.

Tributes

The Open de España was underway when Ballesteros died. The European Tour marked his death with a moment of silence during the third round at the Real Club de Golf El Prat in Barcelona. Tiger Woods described Ballesteros as "one of the most talented and exciting golfers to ever play the game". Lee Westwood said of Ballesteros, "Seve made European golf what it is today". At the Madrid Open tennis tournament, a moment of silence was held prior to the semi-final match between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Nadal, a close friend of Ballesteros, was seen wiping away tears as he watched the video screen. On 8 May, at 15:08 EST, the three major U.S. men's tours stopped play and held a moment of silence. On 10 May, the Irish Independent said of him: "He spoke many other languages too: the dialects of honour, of dignity, of sportsmanship, of decency, of fair play, of loyalty, of integrity, and in the end, of dauntless, unforgettable, astonishing courage. Quite simply, there has never been a finer ambassador for either his sport or his country." A funeral service was held for Ballesteros at the parish church of San Pedro, in his home village of Pedreña. Due to the number of those in attendance, several big screens were installed outside the 400-capacity church. His ashes were then to be scattered at his home estate. The day of Ballesteros' death, the Spanish flag was raised at the World Golf Hall of Fame in Florida, the United States flag was lowered to half-staff, a photo of Ballesteros was hung in the box office, and a black ribbon was hung on the outside of his locker. The next weekend, at nearby TPC Sawgrass, the Spanish flag was flown at half-staff during the 2011 Players Championship at the request of defending champion Tim Clark, in place of his native South African flag. Clark went on to state, "Seve was a hero of mine growing up…In losing [him] last week, I think the whole golfing world is saddened by that. To have his flag up here is just a small little tribute to him. Obviously he deserves a whole lot more."

Legacy

The 2012 Ryder Cup, the first to be played after Ballesteros' death, saw the European team wearing navy blue and white garments on the final day in memory of Seve, who traditionally wore navy blue on the last day of a tournament. Additionally, the team's kit also bore the silhouette of Ballesteros after his win at the 1984 Open Championship. The Irish golfer Pádraig Harrington, Nick Faldo, and other European players proposed that the PGA replace the image of Harry Vardon on the European Tour's official logo with one of Ballesteros (a silhouette of the iconic image of Ballesteros' "salute", following his win at the 1984 Open Championship). The airport of Ballesteros' homeland, Cantabria, has been named after him since the Spanish Government approved the change on 16 April 2015. The name was changed from Santander Airport to Seve Ballesteros – Santander Airport. This change was made after the regional parliament unanimously approved a petition in May 2014. The motivation behind this popular initiative was to honor Ballesteros for being one of the most universal of Cantabrians and an example in sports and life.

Professional wins (90)

European Tour wins (50)

Legend
Major championships (5)
Flagship events (2)
Other European Tour (43)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Marginof victory Runner(s)-up
1 8 Aug 1976 Dutch Open −13 (65-73-68-69=275) 8 strokes Howard Clark
2 8 May 1977 Open de France −6 (69-70-71-72=282) 3 strokes John Bland, Antonio Garrido, Manuel Piñero, Ian Stanley
3 25 Jun 1977 Uniroyal International Championship −12 (70-70-67-69=276) Playoff Nick Faldo
4 17 Jul 1977 Swiss Open −7 (68-66-70-69=273) 3 strokes John Schroeder
5 21 May 1978 Martini International −14 (67-67-67-69=270) 5 strokes Nick Faldo
6 30 Jul 1978 Braun German Open −20 (64-67-70-67=268) 2 strokes Neil Coles
7 6 Aug 1978 Scandinavian Enterprise Open −9 (73-69-68-69=279) 1 stroke Dale Hayes
8 3 Sep 1978 Swiss Open −8 (68-68-68-68=272) 3 strokes Manuel Piñero
9 1 Jul 1979 Lada English Golf Classic −2 (73-71-71-71=286) 6 strokes Neil Coles, Simon Hobday
10 21 Jul 1979 The Open Championship −1 (73-65-75-70=283) 3 strokes Ben Crenshaw, Jack Nicklaus
11 13 Apr 1980 Masters Tournament −13 (66-69-68-72=275) 4 strokes Gibby Gilbert, Jack Newton
12 27 Apr 1980 Madrid Open −18 (68-63-70-69=270) 3 strokes Manuel Piñero
13 18 May 1980 Martini International −2 (74-75-67-70=286) 1 stroke Brian Barnes
14 27 Jul 1980 Dutch Open −8 (69-75-65-71=280) 3 strokes Sandy Lyle
15 5 Jul 1981 Scandinavian Enterprise Open −11 (69-70-68-66=273) 5 strokes Antonio Garrido
16 4 Oct 1981 Benson and Hedges Spanish Open −15 (71-67-70-65=273) 1 stroke Steve Martin
17 25 Apr 1982 Cepsa Madrid Open −15 (70-69-66-68=273) 1 stroke José María Cañizares
18 9 May 1982 Paco Rabanne Open de France −10 (71-70-72-65=278) 4 strokes Sandy Lyle
19 11 Apr 1983 Masters Tournament −8 (68-70-73-69=280) 4 strokes Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite
20 30 May 1983 Sun Alliance PGA Championship −10 (69-71-67-71=278) 2 strokes Ken Brown
21 14 Aug 1983 Carroll's Irish Open −17 (67-67-70-67=271) 2 strokes Brian Barnes
22 2 Oct 1983 Lancome Trophy −19 (71-65-64-69=269) 4 strokes Corey Pavin
23 22 Jul 1984 The Open Championship −12 (69-68-70-69=276) 2 strokes Bernhard Langer, Tom Watson
24 23 Jun 1985 Carroll's Irish Open −10 (70-69-73-66=278) Playoff Bernhard Langer
25 7 Jul 1985 Peugeot Open de France −21 (62-68-64-69=263) 2 strokes Sandy Lyle
26 22 Sep 1985 Sanyo Open −16 (66-70-65-71=272) 3 strokes Jeff Hawkes
27 27 Oct 1985 Benson and Hedges Spanish Open −14 (67-68-65-66=266) 4 strokes Gordon Brand, Jnr
28 8 Jun 1986 Dunhill British Masters −13 (67-68-70-70=275) 2 strokes Gordon Brand, Jnr
29 22 Jun 1986 Carroll's Irish Open −3 (68-75-68-74=285) 2 strokes Rodger Davis, Mark McNulty
30 28 Jun 1986 Johnnie Walker Monte Carlo Open −11 (66-71-64-64=265) 2 strokes Mark McNulty
31 7 Jul 1986 Peugeot Open de France −19 (65-66-69-69=269) 2 strokes Vicente Fernández
32 27 Jul 1986 KLM Dutch Open −17 (69-63-71-68=271) 8 strokes José Rivero
33 19 Oct 1986 Lancome Trophy −14 (67-69-68-70=274) Shared title with Bernhard Langer
34 19 Apr 1987 Suze Open −13 (69-70-68-68=275) Playoff Ian Woosnam
35 13 Mar 1988 Mallorca Open de Baleares −16 (70-68-67-67=272) 6 strokes José María Olazábal
36 17 Jul 1988 The Open Championship −11 (67-71-70-65=273) 2 strokes Nick Price
37 31 Jul 1988 Scandinavian Enterprise Open −18 (67-70-66-67=270) 5 strokes Gerry Taylor
38 28 Aug 1988 German Open −21 (68-68-65-62=263) 5 strokes Gordon Brand, Jnr
39 18 Sep 1988 Lancome Trophy −15 (64-66-68-71=269) 4 strokes José María Olazábal
40 23 Apr 1989 Cepsa Madrid Open −16 (67-67-69-69=272) 1 stroke Howard Clark
41 7 May 1989 Epson Grand Prix of EuropeMatchplay Championship 4 & 3 Denis Durnian
42 3 Sep 1989 Ebel European Masters Swiss Open −14 (65-68-66-67=266) 2 strokes Craig Parry
43 11 Mar 1990 Open Renault de Baleares −19 (66-65-70-68=269) Playoff Magnus Persson
44 27 May 1991 Volvo PGA Championship −17 (67-69-65-70=271) Playoff Colin Montgomerie
45 2 Jun 1991 Dunhill British Masters −13 (66-66-68-75=275) 3 strokes Eamonn Darcy, David Gilford, Tony Johnstone, Sam Torrance, Keith Waters
46 9 Feb 1992 Dubai Desert Classic −16 (66-67-69-70=272) Playoff Ronan Rafferty
47 8 Mar 1992 Turespana Open de Baleares −11 (70-70-69-68=277) Playoff Jesper Parnevik
48 8 May 1994 Benson & Hedges International Open −7 (69-70-72-70=281) 3 strokes Nick Faldo
49 3 Oct 1994 Mercedes German Masters −18 (68-70-65-67=270) Playoff Ernie Els, José María Olazábal
50 21 May 1995 Peugeot Spanish Open −14 (70-67-66-71=274) 2 strokes Ignacio Garrido, José Rivero

European Tour playoff record (8–4–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1977 Uniroyal International Championship Nick Faldo Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1983 Italian Open Ken Brown, Bernhard Langer Langer won with birdie on second extra holeBallesteros eliminated by par on first hole
3 1984 Lancome Trophy Sandy Lyle Lost to birdie on first extra hole
4 1985 Carroll's Irish Open Bernhard Langer Won with birdie on second extra hole
5 1986 Lancome Trophy Bernhard Langer Playoff abandoned after four holes due to darkness; tournament title shared
6 1987 Masters Tournament Larry Mize, Greg Norman Mize won with birdie on second extra holeBallesteros eliminated by par on first hole
7 1987 Suze Open Ian Woosnam Won with par on first extra hole
8 1990 Open Renault de Baleares Magnus Persson Won with par on first extra hole
9 1991 Peugeot Spanish Open Eduardo Romero Lost to birdie on seventh extra hole
10 1991 Volvo PGA Championship Colin Montgomerie Won with birdie on first extra hole
11 1992 Dubai Desert Classic Ronan Rafferty Won with birdie on second extra hole
12 1992 Turespana Open de Baleares Jesper Parnevik Won with birdie on sixth extra hole
13 1994 Mercedes German Masters Ernie Els, José María Olazábal Won with birdie on first extra hole

PGA Tour wins (9)

Legend
Major championships (5)
Other PGA Tour (4)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Marginof victory Runner(s)-up
1 2 Apr 1978 Greater Greensboro Open −6 (72-75-69-66=282) 1 stroke Jack Renner, Fuzzy Zoeller
2 21 Jul 1979 The Open Championship −1 (73-65-75-70=283) 3 strokes Ben Crenshaw, Jack Nicklaus
3 13 Apr 1980 Masters Tournament −13 (66-69-68-72=275) 4 strokes Gibby Gilbert, Jack Newton
4 11 Apr 1983 Masters Tournament −8 (68-70-73-69=280) 4 strokes Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite
5 12 Jun 1983 Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic −8 (69-67-70-70=276) 2 strokes Andy Bean, Craig Stadler
6 22 Jul 1984 The Open Championship −12 (69-68-70-69=276) 2 strokes Bernhard Langer, Tom Watson
7 17 Mar 1985 USF&G Classic −11 (68-69-68=205)* 2 strokes Peter Jacobsen, John Mahaffey
8 12 Jun 1988 Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic −8 (72-68-69-67=276) Playoff David Frost, Ken Green, Greg Norman
9 17 Jul 1988 The Open Championship −11 (67-71-70-65=273) 2 strokes Nick Price

*The 1985 USF&G Classic was reduced to 54 holes due to inclement weather on Saturday. PGA Tour playoff record (1–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1987 Masters Tournament Larry Mize, Greg Norman Mize won with birdie on second extra holeBallesteros eliminated with par on first hole
2 1987 Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic J. C. Snead Lost to par on first extra hole
3 1988 Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic David Frost, Ken Green, Greg Norman Won with birdie on first extra hole

Japan Golf Tour wins (6)

Legend
Japan Opens (2)
Other Japan Golf Tour (4)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Marginof victory Runner-up
1 20 Nov 1977 Japan Open Golf Championship E (69-72-72-71=284) 1 stroke Takashi Murakami
2 27 Nov 1977 Dunlop Phoenix Tournament −6 (68-70-73-71=282) 1 stroke Kikuo Arai
3 5 Nov 1978 Japan Open Golf Championship −7 (68-67-71-75=281) Playoff Graham Marsh
4 22 Nov 1981 Dunlop Phoenix Tournament −9 (72-66-69-72=279) 3 strokes Tommy Nakajima
5 13 Nov 1988 Visa Taiheiyo Club Masters −7 (71-71-68-71=281) 3 strokes Yasuhiro Funatogawa
6 5 May 1991 The Crowns −5 (67-75-64-69=275) 1 stroke Roger Mackay

Japan Golf Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1978 Japan Open Golf Championship Graham Marsh Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1991 Dunlop Phoenix Tournament Isao Aoki, Jay Don Blake, Larry Nelson Nelson won with par on fourth extra holeBallesteros eliminated on third holeBlake eliminated on first hole

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Marginof victory Runner-up
1 8 Nov 1981 Mayne Nickless Australian PGA Championship −6 (73-74-66-69=282) 3 strokes Bill Dunk

Other wins (29)

1974 Spanish National Championship for under 25s, Open de Vizcaya 1975 Spanish National Championship for under 25s 1976 Memorial Donald Swaelens, Cataluña Championship, Tenerife Championship, Lancome Trophy, World Cup of Golf (with Manuel Piñero) 1977 Otago Charity Classic, Braun International Golf (Germany), World Cup of Golf (with Antonio Garrido) 1978 Kenya Open, Spanish National Championship for under 25s 1979 Open el Prat 1981 Suntory World Match Play Championship 1982 Masters de San Remo (Italy), Suntory World Match Play Championship 1983 Million Dollar Challenge (South Africa) 1984 Suntory World Match Play Championship, Million Dollar Challenge (South Africa) 1985 Spanish Championship for Professionals, Suntory World Match Play Championship, Campeonato de España-Codorniu 1987 APG Larios, Campeonato de España Para Professionales 1988 APG Larios 1991 Toyota World Match Play Championship 1992 Copa Quinto Centenario por Equipos 1995 Tournoi Perrier de Paris (with José María Olazábal)

Major championships

Wins (5)

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
1979 The Open Championship 2 shot deficit −1 (73-65-75-70=283) 3 strokes Jack Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw
1980 Masters Tournament 7 shot lead −13 (66-69-68-72=275) 4 strokes Gibby Gilbert, Jack Newton
1983 Masters Tournament 1 shot deficit −8 (68-70-73-69=280) 4 strokes Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite
1984 The Open Championship 2 shot deficit −12 (69-68-70-69=276) 2 strokes Bernhard Langer, Tom Watson
1988 The Open Championship 2 shot deficit −11 (67-71-70-65=273) 2 strokes Nick Price

Results timeline

Tournament 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament T33 T18 T12
U.S. Open T16 CUT
The Open Championship CUT T2 T15 T17 1
PGA Championship
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament 1 CUT T3 1 CUT T2 4 T2 T11 5
U.S. Open DQ T41 CUT T4 T30 T5 T24 3 T32 T43
The Open Championship T19 T39 T13 T6 1 T39 T6 T50 1 T77
PGA Championship T33 13 T27 5 T32 CUT T10 CUT T12
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament T7 T22 T59 T11 T18 T45 43 CUT CUT CUT
U.S. Open T33 CUT T23 CUT T18 CUT
The Open Championship CUT T9 CUT T27 T38 T40 CUT CUT CUT CUT
PGA Championship CUT T23 CUT CUT
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Masters Tournament CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT
U.S. Open
The Open Championship CUT CUT CUT
PGA Championship

  Win   Top 10   Did not play CUT = missed the half-way cut DQ = disqualified "T" = tied

Summary

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 2 2 1 7 8 14 28 18
U.S. Open 0 0 1 3 3 7 18 12
The Open Championship 3 1 0 4 7 11 28 18
PGA Championship 0 0 0 1 2 5 13 8
Totals 5 3 2 15 20 37 87 56

Most consecutive cuts made – 10 (1984 U.S. Open – 1986 Open Championship) Longest streak of top-10s – 4 (1984 Open Championship – 1985 U.S. Open)

Results in The Players Championship

Tournament 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
The Players Championship CUT T3 T29 T6 T35 T3 CUT T65 CUT T63 CUT CUT T37 CUT

  Top 10   Did not play CUT = missed the halfway cut "T" indicates a tie for a place

Team appearances

Ryder Cup (representing Europe): 1979, 1983, 1985 (winners), 1987 (winners), 1989 (tied, cup retained), 1991, 1993, 1995 (winners), 1997 (winners – non-playing captain)

1979 1981 1983 1985 1987 1989 1991 1993 1995 Total
1 3 3.5 4 3.5 4.5 2 1 22.5

World Cup (representing Spain): 1975, 1976 (winners), 1977 (winners), 1991 Double Diamond International: 1975 (Rest of the World), 1976 (Continental Europe), 1977 (Continental Europe) Hennessy Cognac Cup (representing the Continent of Europe): 1976, 1978, 1980 Dunhill Cup (representing Spain): 1985, 1986, 1988 Seve Trophy (representing continental Europe): 2000 (winners – playing captain), 2002 (playing captain), 2003 (playing captain), 2005 (non-playing captain), 2007 (non-playing captain) Royal Trophy (representing Europe): 2006 (winners – non-playing captain), 2007 (winners – non-playing captain)

Equipment

Ballesteros used Ping clubs consistently throughout his career and has more golden clubs for wins in the Ping Gold Putter Vault than any other player.

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