Seve enters Wales Open

Seve Ballesteros will guarantee a good following at the Inaugural Wales Open

Steve Pope
Fri, 2 Jun 2000

Seve enters Wales Open

Seve Ballesteros is the latest leading player to confirm his appearance in The Wales Open next month.

The European Tour confirmed that the former Ryder Cup Captain and Open and US Masters Champion has entered the tournament to be held at The Celtic Manor Resort near Newport from June 8 - 11.

Jim McKenzie, the resort's Director of Golf and Courses Management, said: “It's fantastic to have another one of golf's great names taking part in the event. He's won the British Open three times and been an inspiration to two decades of golfers.

“He's played in Wales before – when he won the Epson Grand Prix at St Pierre in 1989. The crowd really took to him and I'm sure his appearance will attract even more spectators to The Wales Open.” Ballesteros, 43, has no fewer than 48 European Tour victories under his belt, the most notable being his Open wins in 1979, 1984 and 1988. He won the Masters in 1980 and 1983 and is a veteran of 10 Ryder Cups, captaining Europe to their historic retention of the trophy in 1997.

He joins a formidable line up at The Wales Open, including former US Masters Champion Ian Woosnam, 1999 Ryder Cup captain Mark James, 2001 Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance, 1985 British Open champion Sandy Lyle and a strong Welsh contingent led by Phil Price, currently ranked 6th in Europe.

Eight winners of European Tour events since January have also confirmed they will compete for the £750,000 prize fund on The Celtic Manor Resort's challenging 7,403 yard, par-72 Wentwood Hills course.