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Ballesteros junior dedicates win to Seve

“My father always told me that you have to play with what you have, and so I did,” said Javier Ballesteros.

Javier Ballesteros and Luke Donald. File Picture.
Javier Ballesteros and Luke Donald. File Picture.
Image: Paul White/AP/Press Association Images

HERE’S A CHIP off the old block.

Javier Ballesteros, the son of Spanish golfing legend Seve, won the Madrid Open amateur title yesterday and dedicated his victory to his father who died from cancer in May, 2011.

The 22-year-old Ballesteros, a law student, finished the three-round tournament on six-under par for a four-stroke win over Manuel Ruiz.

“I thought about him (Seve) over the 18 holes and I dedicate this victory to him and to my mother,” Ballesteros told the Madrid Golf Federation website.

“My father always told me that you have to play with what you have, and so I did.”

Seve Ballesteros won five majors in his career and played in eight Ryder Cups, captaining Europe to victory in 1997.

- © AFP, 2012

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