Five-time major champion Seve Ballesteros is walking away from professional golf. The 50-year-old Spaniard has suffered from a back injury for almost a decade, and finished last in his only two events this year. "I don't have the desire any longer," Ballesteros said yesterday in a news conference at Carnoustie Golf Links, site of his three British Open championships.
Ballesteros has been a major force in European golf, helping his Ryder Cup teams establish their continuing dominance over American players. "He was the most gifted young golfer that I'd ever come across," recalled five-time Carnoustie victor Peter Thompson, who likened the Spaniard to golf legend Sam Snead. Ballesteros was admitted to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1999.