Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golf champion, has died
Seve Ballesteros, a phenomenal golf champion for decades, died early this morning in Spain.
Ballesteros was born in Spain in 1957 into a golfing family. He dropped out of school at 14, turned pro by 16, and at 19, tied for 2nd place with Jack Nicklaus at the British Open. Three years later, at the British Open, he deliberately hit a golf ball into the parking lot to take advantage of the prevailing winds, and ended up winning -- it was his first major tournament. The next year, in Atlanta, he became the first European and the youngest player ever to win the Masters. He was only 21 and held that record until 23 year old Tiger Woods won the Masters in 1997.
The height of Ballesteros' brilliant career lasted 20 season, from 1976 to 1995, in which he won more than 90 tournaments. Chronic back problems plagued him until he officially retired in 2007.
Ballesteros, who was 54, had battled brain cancer for 2 1/2 years.