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1979 British Open

Seve Ballesteros of Spain celebrates on the 18th fairway on his way to victory in the British Open at Royal Lytham St Annes in Lancashire, England in 1979
Seve Ballesteros makes his way up the 18th hole en route to winning the 1979 British Open. Steve Powell/Getty Images

Severiano "Seve" Ballesteros brought flash and dazzle to European golf when he emerged from Spain onto the worldwide scene at age 19 in 1976. He was called "the European Arnold Palmer," and his short-game skill and imagination on the course helped revitalize both the European Tour and the Ryder Cup. Ballesteros won dozens of times on the European Tour in his career, along with five major championships.

This gallery of Seve Ballesteros pictures traces his career from the late 1970s until his retirement from competitive golf in 2007.

Seve Ballesteros turned pro at the age of 16, and at age 19, in 1976, finished second to Johnny Miller in the British Open. Above, he is shown walking up the final fairway of the 1979 British Open, which Ballesteros won for the first of his five major championships.

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Getting the Line

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Steve Powell / Getty Images

Ballesteros lines up a putt at a European Tour event in 1980.

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Body Spanish

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David Cannon / Getty Images

Ballesteros always had a flair for the dramatic. Sometimes that showed up in great shots pulled off against long odds. Other times, it showed up in his reactions on the course to shots pulled off - or missed. The photo above is from the 1983 Sun Alliance PGA Championship.

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Hold Your Pose

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David Cannon / Getty Images

A nice shot of the young Ballesteros' follow through, snapped at the 1983 Sun Alliance PGA Championship.

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Yellow

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Ballesteros feuded at various times with both the European Tour and the U.S. PGA Tour. In 1981 he was voted off the European Ryder Cup team after a dispute arose involving appearance fees. In America, the PGA Tour told him he needed to play more in the U.S. or go back to Europe. Ballesteros fought to have the number of required tournaments reduced, and eventually the USPGA did ease restrictions on European Tour members. But Ballesteros would spend most of his career playing the large bulk of his tournaments in Europe.

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British Open No. 2

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Ballesteros reacts after sinking the final putt in his 1984 British Open victory at St. Andrews. This image represents the iconic video footage of Ballesteros, holing out and pumping his fist.

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Seve and Greg

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Simon Bruty / Getty Images

Ballesteros tees off at the 1986 Dunhill World Cup, with Greg Norman in the background. Ballesteros and Norman were tied together at The Masters that year, too, where both were among the victims of Jack Nicklaus' back-nine charge to his sixth Green Jacket.

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Ryder Cup First

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David Cannon / Staff

While Jack Nicklaus beat Seve Ballesteros at The Masters in 1986, the following year Ballesteros beat Nicklaus, in a way. Above, Ballesteros and European Ryder Cup captain Tony Jacklin celebrate Europe's 15-13 victory of the U.S. That Ryder Cup was played at Nicklaus' Muirfield Village golf course, and the U.S. team was captained by Nicklaus. This was the first time Team Europe won the Ryder Cup on American soil.

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Extra Effort

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Dave Cannon / Getty Images

Seve gives it his all on this swing. The photo was taken during the 1988 British Open. Seve's go-for-broke style reminded many observers of Arnold Palmer.

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Last of the Majors

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David Cannon / Getty Images

The wild swing depicted on the previous image must have paid off. Ballesteros went on to the win the 1988 British Open, the last of his three Open Championship wins, the last of his five majors (he also won twice at The Masters).

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In the Weeds

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David Cannon / Getty Images

Seve Ballesteros' game was always marked by tremendous creativity and remarkable recovery shots, particularly in the short game. He was never a very straight driver of the ball, and as the 1980s wore on and gave way to the 1990s, Ballesteros' driver became more and more erratic.

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Europe's Finest

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Stephen Munday / Getty Images

In 1992, Ballesteros (far right) posed with his fellow European winners of The Masters. From left, Nick Faldo, Sandy Lyle, Ian Woosnam and Bernhard Langer. This quintet also represents the rebirth of interest in the Ryder Cup, because these are the five golfers who revitalized European fortunes after years of American domination.

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Seve and Jack

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Staff / Getty Images

With Jack Nicklaus in the background, Seve Ballesteros tees off at the 1994 Turespana Masters in Spain.

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Final Victory

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Stephen Munday / Getty Images

Including his five majors, Ballesteros won 50 times on the European Tour. The last of those 50 wins - the last win of his career, anyway - happened in 1995. And fittingly, it was at the Spanish Masters. Above, Seve doffs his cap after sinking the final putt.

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Bottoms Up

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Simon Bruty / Getty Images

Taking a swig from a large bottle of win, Seve Ballesteros celebrates the European win in the Ryder Cup at Oak Hill Country Club in 1995. This marked Seve's final appearance as a player in the Ryder Cup; he posted an overall record of 20-12-5. In this Ryder Cup, Ballesteros had a 1-2 record, losing to Tom Lehman in singles in his final Ryder Cup match.

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Hold the Pose II

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Clive Mason / Getty Images

A nice, late-vintage Ballesteros photo. This one was snapped at the 1996 Peugeot Open in Spain.

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Captain Europe

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Ross Kinnaird / Getty Images

In 1997, thanks to Ballesteros' lobbying (and badgering), the Ryder Cup was played in Continental Europe for the first time, at Valderrama in Spain. And Seve was the European captain. And Seve was into it. Ballesteros micromanaged and cajoled and prodded his team to the victory. Above, he gives a yell after a match-clinching putt on Day 2.

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Portrait

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Seve gives the thumbs-up signal in this portrait taken in 1998.

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The Seve Trophy

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Seve Ballesteros (right) with Nick Faldo during the 2007 Seve Trophy, when the two old competitors were opposing captains. Ballesteros helped start the Ryder Cup-style tournament that bears his name. It pits a team of golfers representing Continental Europe against one representing Great Britain and Ireland, and was first played in 2000.

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Masters Farewell

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David Cannon / Getty Images

Seve Ballesteros made his final playing appearance in The Masters in 2007. Ballesteros won The Masters twice, in 1980 and 1983, but with his game deteriorating had skipped it from 2004 through 2006. He returned in 2007 and shot 86-80 to miss the cut.

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Champions Tour

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In 2007, Seve Ballesteros turned 50. And he gave the Champions Tour a try, but his game just wasn't up to it. Above, Ballesteros acknowledges the crowd after completing the first round of the Regions Charity Classic. Ballesteros finished last and shortly afterward retired from golf.

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Retirement

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David Cannon / Getty Images

At the 2007 British Open, Ballesteros held a press conference to announce his retirement from competitive golf.

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Sunset

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Seve silhouetted against a sunset.