Seve Ballesteros was born on this day in 1957

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SEVE (SEH-vee)

Spanish former professional golfer

Common clue: Golfer Ballesteros; Ballesteros of the PGA; Ballesteros on the links

Crossword puzzle frequency: once a year

Frequency in English language: 20707 / 86800

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Severiano "Seve" Ballesteros (born 9 April 1957) is a Spanish professional golfer and former World No. 1, who was one of the sport's leading figures from the mid 1970s to the mid 1990s. He announced himself to the golfing world in 1976, when at age 19 he finished second at The Open Championship. A part of a gifted golfing family, Ballesteros won five major tournaments between the years of 1979 and 1988, including The Masters twice. He was also successful in the Ryder Cup, helping the European team to five wins both as a player and captain.

Due to back-related injuries, Ballesteros struggled with form during the 1990s. In spite of this, he continued to be involved in the game of golf, creating The Seve Trophy and running a golf course design business. Ballesteros eventually retired from competitive golf in 2007 due to continued poor form.

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