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How Ballesteros paved the way for European golf at the Masters (Part 1)

40 years ago, Seve Ballesteros became the first European golfer to win Masters, inspiring the famous major to conquer many juniors.

Ballestero’s achievements in the Masters

On April 13, 1980, Ballesteros put on the Blue Shirt in pride. This was not only for himself but also for his homeland of Spain and even Europe. He won at the age of 23. This was a record for championship age. Very few Europeans had the opportunity to enter the Augusta National Stadium to compete for the Masters.

Then in the following decade, other Europeans took turns wearing the Green Jacket. They were the Spanish compatriots of Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal in 1994, 1999, Bernhard Langer (1985, 1993), Sandy Lyle (1988), Ian Woosnam (1991), Sir Nick Faldo (1989, 1990, 1996). The closest is Sergio Garcia – another Spanish golfer, in 2017. Ballesteros himself won the Masters for the second time in 1983.

And according to that, European guests at the 1980 Masters include Ballesteros – defending champion of The Open Championship, Sandy Lyle – winning Order of Merit 1979, Mark James finishing fourth at The Open 1979 and Peter McEvoy – British Amateur champion Championship.

That year was the fourth time Ballesteros attended the Masters. But before that, he was a formidable opponent in the eyes of Americans. He had important contributions to the European team in the Ryder Cup.

Even American player Hale Irwin has given up. This was after Ballesteros defeated him at The Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes. Irwin called Ballesteros the “parking lot champion” just because the opponent kicked in.

Ballesteros has been longing to conquer Augusta National for many years. He attended the Masters for the first time in 1977. Before that, that passion was also rekindled through fascinating stories about “holy land in the forest” through the narration of Ramon Sota – the uncle who finished sixth in the Masters in 1965.

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6 most prestigious golf tournaments in the world (Part 1)

Every year thousands of small and large golf tournaments around the world. However, only the big tournaments that bring together famous golfers are noticed by many fans and look forward to every day and every hour. Golfnet scores 6 most prestigious golf tournaments in the world today.

1. The Masters

The Masters is the first annual golf tournament in April. Calculated so that the last round of golf will end on the second Sunday of April each year. It is one of the four largest and most prestigious golf tournaments in the world. The Masters World Golf Tournament first took place in 1934 at the Augusta National Course in Georgia, where the tournament is still held.

With a total prize of up to 9 million USD this will certainly be the tournament with the highest prize and the most expected golfer of the year. Each year, the tournament gathers around 50 to 60 professional golf golfer leading the world. This is a tournament with a number of special traditions, not to mention the green vest called Green Jacket is considered the most prestigious award in the sports world.

2. The US Open

The US Open world golf tournament is organized by the American golf association in the middle of June every year and ends on the third Sunday of June. This is the second tournament in the four major events of the world golf village. It is also the official schedule of European Tour and PGA Tour.

The US Open golf tournament was first held at the Newport Country Club golf course on October 4, 1895. This grand tournament is quite special in terms of venue. Each year will be held at different golf courses around the United States.

The selection of golf courses to organize the tournament is very strict, most of the courses are long, high rough grass, narrow fairway and short grass on the green making the ball rolling very quickly, giving players new challenges difficult to conquer.