On this day, In 1985 Seve Ballesteros wins the Spanish Open in Barcelona

Spanish Open

Seve gets his 27th win at the Spanish Open

1985 Benson Hedges Spanish Open –There is only a couple of guys in golf that you can say only their first name and know exactly who they are talking about. Arnie, Jack, Seve… names of stand alone legends of the game, have also been icons of the sport.  On October 27th, 1985 Severiano Ballesteros was walking down the 18th fairway of Vallromanas Golf Club in Barcelona, Spain with 26 wins going for number 27.

Hugh John Baiocchi of South Africa has the early first round lead with David Jones of Northern Ireland shooting 65’s.  After a good conditioned day Ballesteros sat two strokes back from the leaders turning in a 67 for the first round.  Golf commentator and analyst David Feherty sat even with Ballesteros after 18 holes as well.

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Seve breaks from the pack

After the second and third rounds had been completed it was all Ballesteros and Gordon Brand Jr. at the top of the leaderboard.  They both started with identical open 36 holes both turning in 135’s. It was Seve who took control in the third round  by edging Gordon Brand Jr. by a stroke playing a very skillful round of 65.

On the final day, the titan Spaniard proved to be too much to handle for the rest of the field as he finished with a 66 to cap off the event.  With that 66, Ballesteros had the low round of the final day and walked away with € 20,172 in prize money.  In an bizarre event, Mark Mound of Wales shot a 99 on the final despite sitting even par starting the final round.

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