The Masters Tournament® has a long-lived legacy as one of golf’s most prestigious tournaments. Starting back in 1934 and progressing on today, Augusta National® has seen many champions walk onto its course.
These Green Jacket Champions are nothing short of legendary, and as we count down to The Masters® 2019 we will uncover the story behind them all.
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Seve Ballesteros knew during his upbringing that he could make a difference in how European golfers were perceived, but no one could have predicted how quickly he would do it. The Spaniard sent shock waves around the golfing world in 1976 when he finished second at The Open at the age of 19, and only gained momentum from there. Ballesteros became one of the biggest names in golf for over two decades, winning five major championships (three wins at The Open and two at The Masters®), 50 European titles, and was even named the World No.1 on several occasions. He didn't just find success for his country, but also for his continent by leading the European Ryder Cup squad to five victories.
And while Ballesteros had a trophy room that would capture the envy of any golfer, it was who he was beating, rather than what he was winning, that meant the most to him.
Unfortunately, the Spanish legend passed away in 2011 at the age of 54 due to brain cancer.
The Masters®, 1983
One win at The Masters® wasn't enough for Seve Ballesteros.
Three years after claiming his first Green Jacket and becoming the inaugural European winner at The Masters® the Spaniard returned to claim what he felt was rightfully his for the second time.
Ballesteros came in hot to begin the 1983 tournament, shooting a 68 on the first day to put himself into contention early. Due to errant weather, the final three days of the tournament were pushed back by a day so the final round was played on Monday. After shooting a 70 and 73 on Saturday and Sunday respectively, Ballesteros entered the final day one shot behind defending champion Craig Stadler and Raymond Floyd.
He got off to a hot start, shooting four-under through four holes, including an eagle on the hole No. 2. But after shooting for birdie on 13, Ballesteros knew that he likely had to shoot par through the rest of the round to secure his second Green Jacket. The Spaniard set his goal and went right after it, maintaining par through the next five holes and claiming victory by a walloping four strokes (-8).
The Spaniard was once again the king of Augusta National®.
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