Severiano Ballesteros Sota was a famous Spanish golfer, born in Pedreña, a small town in Cantabria in northern Spain. It is a town that has become famous for its golf course, opened in 1928 and which has been the birthplace of José Manuel Carriles and Ramon Sota (uncle of Severiano Ballesteros), both famous Spanish golfers.
Seve, as he is also known, is among the best golfers in the world due to the large number of titles he obtained in his career, among which we find five Match Play Championships, two Augusta Masters (The Masters) and also three British Open (The Open Championship) to mention the heaviest titles.
His achievements are not only represented by trophies, he was named three times golfer of the year in the European PGA, and was named an honorable member of the PGA until he was considered one of the best players of the 20th century. All these achievements led him by the hand to the great hall of fame of golf in 1997, when Seve was only 40 years old.
His innate talent led him to be not only one of the best golf players in history, but also an expert in course design. Among his most famous designs are the Narita course in Japan, the “Oakwood” in Sapporo and the “Novo Sancti Petri” in Cádiz. This stage of his career is little known but it must be recognized that many of his designs have received important awards.
His success was unprecedented. Only with the arrival of Tiger Woods did he begin to see how some of his achievements were surpassed. He lived for golf, but in 2007 Seve announced that he was retiring. Finally, at the age of 54, due to some complications derived from a brain tumor suffered, Seve Ballesteros died.
Following his death and seeking to honor his spirit, on April 16, 2015, the Cantabrian Parliament changed the name of Santander Airport to Seve Ballesteros-Santander Airport.
All his sports colleagues remember Seve’s positive and lively attitude, mentioning on many occasions that Severiano was “Talent and Heart”.