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A NEW REIGN IN SPAIN
Ben Wright
August 08, 1977
Led by the swashbuckling Severiano Ballesteros, Spanish golfers have supplanted the British as the dominant players in Europe
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August 08, 1977

A New Reign In Spain

Led by the swashbuckling Severiano Ballesteros, Spanish golfers have supplanted the British as the dominant players in Europe

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Balbuena, for example, did not enter his first Portuguese Open until April 1976, when he was already 26 years of age. He won on that first attempt, too. This year at the same event Manuel Ramos, a 23-year-old mustachioed former caddie, now assistant professional at the exclusive El Prat club in Barcelona, repeated Balbuena's feat with a set of secondhand, 12-year-old British clubs in a shabby bag, all of which cost him $42. A month later this tall, undernourished-looking youth pulled out his rusty, trusty seven-iron at the French Open, made a hole-in-one at the 131-yard ninth hole on the Maritime course at Le Touquet and won a $22,000 Mercedes-Benz.

Not bad for someone who two years earlier was caddying doubles for $8 a round. Ol�.

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