Spanish golf legend Seve Ballesteros has died at his home in Northern Spain from complications related to a malignant brain tumor first found in 2008.
Ballesteros was first diagnosed with brain cancer in 2008 following an incident where he lost consciousness at a Madrid airport.
Since that time, he underwent several surgeries to remove the tumor and reduce the swelling on his skull and brain.
During his vaunted career, Ballesteros won five major tournaments, including three wins at the U.S. Open and two Masters wins.
Ballesteros’ short game was one of the best in the game of golf and his somewhat awkward and unconventional drives off the tee were his signature.
Prior to his passing, Ballesteros established a foundation to aid research efforts into the causes and a potential cure of brain disease.
This same foundation has a mission to aid financially-challenged youth golfers to reach their goals when they may not have the financial means to do so otherwise.
Seve Ballesteros’ unique approach to the game of golf was the first part of his legacy.
Even more importantly, his desire to fight the toughest fight of his life against brain cancer will be better remembered.
Seve approached the game of life and the game of golf with the same unique flair.
He is undoubtedly one of the greatest golfers that Spain–and just as likely, Europe– has ever, and will ever produce.
Any fan of golf will hold his memory dear for many years to come.