by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Golf Australia Express : GA Express 247
THERE has seldom – if ever – been a more charismatic man to play the game than the great Severiano Ballesteros, who this week in 1986 captured his fourth French Open. Ballesteros successfully defended the championship to record his 31st victory on the European Tour and collect his fourth win in as many weeks. The Spaniard defeated Argentine Vicente Fernandez by one stroke at La Boulie in Versailles. Although Ballesteros went on to win 19 more European events, the World Golf hall-of-famer surprisingly finished his career with just six victories on American soil – something he later admitted regretting. But Bernard Gallacher, who captained Ballesteros in three Ryder Cups, believes he was still better than anyone. “America had Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer – Seve was our Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus rolled into one,” Gallacher said. “You can’t speak too highly of him, Seve was Europe’s best player.” Ballesteros struggled with a back injury throughout his career and retired in 2007 with 91 professional wins and five major championships – three Open Championships and two Masters – before being diagnosed with a brain tumour a year later. After a valiant fight, he passed away in 2011 at just 54. “I don’t think there will ever be another player like him,” an emotional Jose Maria Olazabal said. “There can be others that are very good, but none will have his charisma.” E it happened this week in... 1986 • Boris Becker defeats Ivan Lendl at the 100th holding of Wimbledon (6-4, 6-3, 7-5). • Amy Alcott wins the LPGA Mazda Hall of Fame Championship. • The Zimbabwe cricket team beats the Netherlands by 25 runs to win the ICC Trophy. • Kevin Barlow and Brian Chambers are executed at Malaysia’s Pudu Prison for drug trafficking. Prime Minister Bob Hawke declares it “barbaric”. Also making news this week in 1986 SEVE WINS A FOURTH FRENCH OPEN VIDEO: SEVE’S THOUGHTS ON NORMAN WORDS BY MICHAEL JONES
GA Express 246
GA Express 248