1978: Seve Ballesteros wins the Braun German Open over Neil Coles


Seve wins his sixth career title at the German Open

On this day, In 1978 Seve Ballesteros won the Braun German Open by 2 strokes over Neil Coles for an overall score of 268 (-20).  In just his 6th professional win, Ballesteros opened with a blistering round of 64 at the Cologne Golf & CC course.  From that point on he maintained the lead with steady rounds of 67 and 70 before entering the final round with Neil Coles and John Bland trailing him.

He started the final round two strokes ahead of Coles and went out to the turn in 32.  That included birdies at the fourth & ninth holes and a near ace at the 8th hole just missing by 12 inches.  Ballesteros collected another birdie on the 11th hole despite driving his ball behind a tree and bunkering his approach. (Classic Seve)

But Coles, the 1971 German Open Champion, gave the Spaniard a tough time down he stretch.  During that front nine, Coles birdied four of his first six holes and didn’t have to pot a putt longer than four feet.  He carded one better at the turn, a 31 and continuously traded birdies and bogeys before succumbing to Ballesteros.  Ballesteros finished with a aggregate of -20 under par, 268.

Ballesteros won a total of £6,095 while Coles took home £3,750 for second place.   This win took Ballesteros to the top of European Order of Merit with £22,000.

Josh Morris

Josh Morris is the Editor of Golf History Today. A proud USGA Volunteer and golf enthusiast. In his free time he enjoys being a weekend caddie as well as playing as much as he can.


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