CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) -- Saying he's lost his desire for
golf, Seve Ballesteros (SEH'-vee by-eh-STEHR'-ohs) officially
retired from competition today. It ends a charismatic career filled
with five major championships, a record 50 victories on the
European Tour and a fighting spirit that reinvigorated Europe in
the Ryder Cup.
Ballesteros turned 50 in April and hasn't been a force in the
sport for the last ten years while coping with back injuries.
The Spaniard announced his decision during a news conference at
Carnoustie, where the British Open gets under way Thursday. It's
also where he made his British Open debut in 1975.
Ballesteros was torn between trying to keep playing and stepping
away, and decided to give it one last chance at the Masters, where
he'd won twice. But he finished last after rounds of 86 and 80,
then tried one event on the Champions Tour.
He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1999.
Seve Ballesteros headshot, Spanish golfer, photo
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