5 Spanish golfers, past and present of Spanish golf
Only the most experienced golfers have managed to make a niche for themselves in the world of golf, the vast majority also tend to be American or British as this is where the sport has more followers. But there are also Spanish golfers in the history of the sport.
If you know the name of a Spanish golfer, Severiano Ballesteros. Of Cantabrian origin and born on April 9, 1957. He has one of the best records in history, to such an extent that he is included as one of the 8 best players in the history of golf.
With a long golfing tradition in his family, he became a world icon after his victory in 5 Majors. After bursting onto the international scene, he ended the British-American dichotomy and made the Ryder Cup one of the most important sporting events in the world. Of course, he was captain in the only edition that has been held in Spain, specifically in the golf course of Valderrama.
A unique Spanish golfer, was in the TOP 10 world for 15 years, being the number one for 4. As a professional reached a whopping 91 tournaments won.
Throughout his life he received multiple recognitions: Gold Medal for Sporting Merit, Prince of Asturias Sports Award 1989, Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit 1993, etc.
He currently has a foundation that bears his name, founded by his children. Seve Ballesteros died on May 7, 2011 due to a brain tumor.
José María Olazábal
José María Olazábal Manterola, Spanish golfer born on 5 February 1966 in Fuenterrabía, Guipúzcoa. As an amateur player he won the prestigious British Amateur Championship in 1984. Known for winning up to two times the Masters of Augusta in 1994 and 1999, has participated in 7 occasions in the Ryder Cup, winning four of them in 1987, 1989, 1997, and 2006. Forming together with Severiano Ballesteros the most successful couple in the history of the tournament and Spanish golf.
In 2012, he was the captain of the Ryder Cup edition where, after a historic comeback, his team won the title. Victory dedicated to his former teammate Seve Ballesteros.
José María Olazábal is today the player in the history of golf who has taken the least time to achieve his first 8 victories on the pga/circuit with a total of 66 appearances ahead of Tiger Woods.
Olazábal has been a member of the Word Golf Hall Of Fame since 2009. In 2013 he received the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports.
Miguel Ángel Jiménez
Malagueño golfer born January 5, 1964. His first contact with this sport was when he was 15 years old, when he left his studies to work on the Torrequebrada golf course, first as a caddie and then on the practice course.
Since Miguel Ángel Jiménez began his professional career in 1985, he has won several important titles such as the 4 Ryder Cup or his most important victory in 2008 when he won the BMW PGA Championship.
His best years in golf have been 1996, when he got the fifth place in the order of merit, as well as 1998 and 1999. In addition, in 1999 he was runner-up in the WGC-American Express tournament, which is one of the world’s elite golf championships.
After a debacle, in 2004 he returned very strongly and managed to reach again the fourth position in the order of European merit.
The year 2010 was memorable, in 2012 he would contribute to European success as vice-captain in the 2012 Ryder Cup and in November of that year he would become the oldest player in history to win a European circuit tournament.
It has its own golf academy, the Miguel Angel Golf Academy in Torremolinos.
Sergio García Fernández
Born on January 9, 1980 in Borriol, Castellón. Sergio García is known in the world of golf as “El Niño” for his precocious talent. Without a doubt, Spain can be proud of having a sportsman with his qualities. At the age of 16 he managed to win the European Amateur and to pass for the first time the cut in an official tournament of the European Tour.
In 2017 he won the Augusta Master and obtained his first “green jacket”. In addition, he has 9 victories in the PGA Tour, among which the 2008 Players Championship stands out.
It is worth mentioning Sergio García’s contribution to the European team, participating on 9 occasions in the Ryder Cup, thus contributing to the team’s triumph in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2012, 2014 and 2018.
In 1999 he was awarded the Bronze Medal of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit, and 16 years later he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit, in 2015
Jon Rahm is considered one of the most promising golfers of his generation. He started as a professional in 2016 and since then he has not stopped being successful. Born in the province of Vizcaya on November 10, 1994 was number one in the World Amateur Golf Ranking with only 22 years.
Currently, he has the absolute record with 60 weeks being number 1 in this ranking, and participated in the U.S. Open 2016. In 2017 he was champion in the San Diego Open, Ireland and the Dubai World Championship.
In spite of his young age he has among his awards very important trophies. In addition, Jon Rham played golf at Arizona State Sun Devils University, where he won 11 college tournaments.
On May 29, 2017, he became the fifth youngest player in history to enter the top 10 in the world ranking. Today, Jon Rham has a full schedule of sporting events as he is consecrated as a professional golfer.
In recent months there has been a controversy with Rham and the yellow ribbon. Many believed he had played a tournament with a yellow ribbon in his cap for Catalan independence, but it was in favor of Jack Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, which aims to raise funds for the Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion.
As you’ve read, he promises to be one of Spain’s most successful golfers.