Spanish swashbuckler Seve Ballesteros, considered by many to be one of the most charismatic golfers in the history of the game, died on Saturday morning at the age of 54 from complications of a cancerous brain tumor.
His family posted a note on the golfing legend's website on Saturday confirming the news: "Today, at 2.10 a.m. Spanish time, Seve Ballesteros passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at his home in Pedreña," the website said. "The Ballesteros family is very grateful for all the support and gestures of love that have been received since Seve was diagnosed with a brain tumour on 5th October 2008 at Madrid Hospital la Paz."
It's hard to put into words how important Ballesteros was the the game of golf. During his career, he amassed 91 professional wins, 5 major championships, and was credited with helping turn the European Tour into a proving ground for the game's elite. While his success was legendary, it was Seve's charisma on the course that seemed to captivate us all. When he stepped over an impossible shot, you almost knew something incredible was about to happen.
Seve taught us to dream big and take risks on the course. He'll certainly be missed dearly by players and fans alike. If you've never had the chance to witness Seve play in person or on television, I urge you to check out some of his clips on YouTube. You'll be glad you did.