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15th Nov 2014

Son of Seve Ballesteros turns professional

No pressure Javier

Robert Redmond

he 24 year hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps.

Javier Ballesteros, the eldest son of legendary golfer Seve, has turned professional. The 24-year-old, who competed in his late father’s place at the Dubai Desert Classic last February , has announced he will attempt to qualify for the Alps Tour in Europe. ‘This is something I have always wanted’, Ballesteros said. ‘Whether I will succeed or not, time will tell, however I do not want to regret not having tried my best and must give it a go. I know it will not be easy and I am aware of the hard work required’.

Ballesteros also spoke about the pressure in following in such esteemed footsteps. ‘My father had a long and difficult start in golf, mine is a bit easier. Although I have a disadvantage in the sense everyone will always compare us and will expect from me, not what my dad achieved, but half of it – which is already a lot’.

Seve Ballesteros died of brain cancer in 2011 aged 54 and was one the game’s most charismatic and successful players, bursting onto the scene as a teenager in the 1970s. The Spaniard won the Open Championship in 1979 aged 22 and would win a further four major titles. Ballesteros also won the World Matchplay Championships fives times, and was part of four Ryder Cup winning teams as a player, and once as captain in 1997

‘Today my dad comes specially to my mind’, Javier said. ‘He taught me everything or almost everything I know about golf and I would have loved him to see me turning pro. I am sure he would be very proud and happy’.

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