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Seve Ballesteros' 'Car Park' birdie - 1979 Open Championship
July 2011

Seve's first major and first Open Championship win at Royal Lytham & St Annes was not always 'pretty', but it was certainly spectacular. Largely ignoring the fairways in the final round, he played from rough, sand and even a temporary car park in which he found his drive way right of the 16th fairway. In typically swashbuckling style he got his ball on the green from there and holed a 20 foot putt for a birdie. The result was a last round 70, and a total of 283 for a three shot victory over Ben Crenshaw and Jack Nicklaus. Despite all his adventures, Seve was the only player under par for the week, and at just 22 was the youngest Open Champion in 86 years since Willie Auchterlonie won in 1893.

Th car park shot here comes at 23 seconds into the video.








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