Seve Ballesteros: Career in Photos

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Ballesteros was a stylish 19-year-old when he made a splash at the 1976 British Open, finishing in a tie for second with Jack Nicklaus behind Johnny Miller.
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Ballesteros won his fist major championship at the 1979 British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. He was three strokes better than runners-up Jack Nicklaus and Ben Crenshaw.
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Among his five career majors was the 1980 Masters, the first of his two wins at Augusta National, which landed him on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
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Ballesteros won his second Masters and third major championship in 1983. He was three shots better than runners-up Crenshaw and Tom Kite.
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His most enduring victory came over Tom Watson at the 1984 British Open at St. Andrews, where he birdied the last hole for his second of three Open wins.
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Ballesteros won his third British Open, and his second at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, in 1988. It was his fifth and final major championship.
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The "Spanish Armada"—Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal—was almost unbeatable in the Ryder Cup for a decade.
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Ballesteros and Olazabal's partnership combined two of the best short-game players in the world. In the 1993 Ryder Cup at the Belfry, Ballesteros and Olazabal went 2-1 as a team.
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Ballesteros and Olazabal were not only a powerhouse team on the golf course, they became close friends off it.
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Seve wrestled with U.S. captain Tom Kite in advance of the 1997 Ryder Cup, where Ballesteros captained Europe to victory in Spain, his home turf.
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The company of champions: Ballesteros with fellow legends at the Old Course before the 2000 Open Championship.
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A familiar position for Seve, the greatest trouble-shot executioner in the history of the game.Seve, the greatest trouble-shot executioner in the history of the game, found himself in a familiar position during the first round of the Madrid Open.
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At the 1995 Masters, at a time when his game started to spiral downhill, led by woeful driving.
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Ballesteros was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla., on March 22, 1999.
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Ballesteros inspired the careers of countless players from Spain and elsewhere in Europe. At the 1999 Masters, Seve played with a young Sergio Garcia in a practice round. Garcia would go on to win low amateur honors that year and turn pro shortly thereafter.
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Ballesteros and Colin Montgomerie received honorary degrees from St. Andrews University in 2000.
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In 2005, Ballesteros (seated, in white jacket) posed for a past-champions photo in front of the clubhouse at St. Andrews.
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At the 2000 Masters, Ballesteros enjoyed a moment away from the action with Carmen, his 5-year-old daughter. He also has two sons, Baldomero and Miguel.
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Ballesteros played the 2006 Open at Hoylake so his son Baldomero could caddie for him. Despite a long period of inactivity, Ballesteros managed a respectable first round 74 but missed the cut.
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A tattoo on Seve's left arm recreates his most famous pose—the fist-pumping matador celebrating on the final green of the Old Course after winning the 1984 Open.
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In October 2008, Ballesteros was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor, for which he underwent four surgeries late that year. One of the few public appearances he made following the diagnoses occurred in May 2010 when he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Spanish National Sports Awards. Seve was presented with the award by King Juan Carlos of Spain.