Golf Birthdays: April 9-10

How do you know you were destined to be a professional golfer? Your birthday falls on the first two days of The Masters, that’s how.

April 9

Seve Ballesteros – The late Seve Ballesteros was born this day in 1957. He won five Major titles in his career, including two Masters and three Open Championships. In 1976, he finished second at The Open at age 19. His 50 European Tour titles are the most all-time. He won his first Major, the Open, in 1979, rallying from two strokes down to win by three strokes over Ben Crenshaw and Jack Nicklaus.  The following year he won his first Masters, finishing 13-under to win by four strokes.  In 1983 he won at Augusta again with a 8-under 280. He went on to win the 1984 Open Championship by two strokes and the 1988 edition by two strokes. In 2008, Ballesteros collapsed at a Spanish airport and X-rays revealed a malignant brain tumor, which required two separate surgeries totaling 18-1/2 hours to remove. He was able to eventually return home, but the cancer returned and he passed away in May 2011.

Rich Barcelo, former PGA and Tour member turns 40. Barcelo had two wins as a professional.

Chris Nallen, a member of the Nationwide Tour, turns 34. He is the 10th player in that tour’s history to win his first career start and the only to win it while leading wire to wire.

April 10

France’s Christian Cevaer turns 45. He has two European Tour victories – the 2004 Canarias Open de Espana and the 2009 European Open.

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