10 Notes to Know: April 27, 2020

April 27, 2020
Justin Ray

Even though the world of professional golf is on hiatus, 15th Club still wants to provide you with interesting pieces of golf information to get your week started. Over the weekend, we asked fans which legend they wanted to read about today. They answered with Seve Ballesteros:

  1. Seve Ballesteros won his first major championship – the 1979 Open – at age 22. He was the youngest Open champion since William Auchterlonie in 1893 and remains the youngest player to win the Open since 1900.
  1. The following year, he broke Jack Nicklaus’ record as the youngest Masters champion in history, claiming his second major title at age 23. To this day, Ballesteros is the youngest player born outside the United States to win multiple majors in the modern era. Rory McIlroy was three months older than Seve when he won his second major, the 2012 PGA.
  1. That 1980 Masters win also marked the first time a European player had won the green jacket. Seve is now one of four European players to have won the Masters multiple times, along with Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer and José María Olazábal.
  1. Ballesteros and Olazábal formed the most prolific duo in Ryder Cup history. The pair won twelve points as a team in all, twice as many as any other partnership all-time. In three different Ryder Cups, Seve and José won at least three points as a pairing.
  1. Ballesteros won his first European Tour title at the age of 19 years, 121 days – an eight-shot victory at the 1976 Dutch Open. At the time, he was the youngest winner in Tour history, a mark that stood for 33 years. That eight-shot margin of victory, though, will last longer – it is the biggest win by a teenager in European Tour history by four full strokes.
  1. Seve is the last player to win three consecutive events on the European Tour schedule, doing so in 1986 at the Irish, Monte Carlo and French Opens. 1986 is also the year he set the record for single-season European Tour wins, with six.
  1. Ballesteros finished his career with 50 European Tour victories, most by any player all-time. How big of a number is that? The player currently with he most E.T. wins under the age of 40 is McIlroy – just 36 wins behind Seve.
  1. At the 1976 Open Championship, Ballesteros finished runner-up to Johnny Miller. At just 19 years old, he remains the youngest player to finish runner-up in Open history.
  1. At the 1980 Masters, Ballesteros led by ten strokes entering the second nine of the final round. That is the largest lead with nine holes to play in Masters Tournament history.
  1. Seve won his first PGA Tour title, the 1978 Greater Greensboro Open (now known as the Wyndham Championship) at 20 years, 11 months, 25 days old. At the time, he was the youngest player born outside the United States to win on the PGA Tour since Harry Cooper in 1923. Maybe most amazingly – he won after making the cut on the number that week.