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Cameron Morfit
April 27, 1998
Ol�, Ballesteros Twenty years ago at the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic, a dashing 20-year-old fresh off a stint with the Spanish air force zoomed to his first PGA Tour victory. Severiano Ballesteros shot 60 on Sunday, April 2, to beat Jack Renner and Fuzzy Zoeller by a stroke. The U.S. press, smitten, breathlessly reported that he had no steady girlfriend. "That would be like playing the same golf course all the time," he said. This week the 41-year-old husband of Carmen Ballesteros, father of three and winner of 72 titles worldwide, including five majors, will skip Greensboro to play the Spanish Open. Spain's erstwhile numero uno has long since fallen to dos, behind his prot�g�, Jos� Mar�a Olaz�bal. Ballesteros has missed the cut in both of his U.S. starts this year, and now advises junior star Sergio Garcia, whom he calls Spanish golf's best hope for the next 20 years.
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Ol�, Ballesteros
Twenty years ago at the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic, a dashing 20-year-old fresh off a stint with the Spanish air force zoomed to his first PGA Tour victory. Severiano Ballesteros shot 60 on Sunday, April 2, to beat Jack Renner and Fuzzy Zoeller by a stroke. The U.S. press, smitten, breathlessly reported that he had no steady girlfriend. "That would be like playing the same golf course all the time," he said. This week the 41-year-old husband of Carmen Ballesteros, father of three and winner of 72 titles worldwide, including five majors, will skip Greensboro to play the Spanish Open. Spain's erstwhile numero uno has long since fallen to dos, behind his prot�g�, Jos� Mar�a Olaz�bal. Ballesteros has missed the cut in both of his U.S. starts this year, and now advises junior star Sergio Garcia, whom he calls Spanish golf's best hope for the next 20 years.

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