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Seve Ballesteros Eagles 13th at Augusta National

By: Golfshake Editor | Tue 04 Apr 2017 | Comments

Two-time champion, Seve Ballesteros would have turned 60 on this coming Sunday at the 2017 Masters. Brilliantly securing the title in 1980 and 1983, the legendary Spaniard was a contender on a number of other occasions at Augusta National. He finished one shot out of the playoff between Craig Stadler and Dan Pohl in 1982, was narrow runner-up to Bernhard Langer in 1985, was the first eliminated from a sudden death battle with Greg Norman and eventual champion Larry Mize, and was right in contention until the end when Nick Faldo picked up his first green jacket in 1989. 

However, 1986 was the loss that hurt most. Hoping to win for a third-time in memory of his father who had passed away that year, Seve was one-shot off Langer after three rounds. He was determined to make it a Sunday to remember. There haven't been many more memorable final days than this one. Making eagle on the eighth and 13th - see below - the 28-year-old took control of the tournament, but dramatically came unstuck with his approach to the par five 15th finding the water. That opened the door for 46-year-old Jack Nicklaus, who famously rolled back the years to win a sixth Masters. 

It's always fun to reflect on the magic of Ballesteros, and the way he played the iconic 13th was an illustration of the style and play that made him one of the most influential and popular golfers in history. He may have come up short that day, but as always with Seve, it was a glorious and thrilling effort. 


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