3 Memorable Golfers That Ruled The Eighties
By Jane Duncan, freelance writer
May 3 2022
Play Better Golf - The Short Game and Scoring. 1986 book by Jack Nicklaus
Jack Niklaus Remained in Good Form
The 80s Belonged to Tom Watson
The New Rules of Golf (1984) by Tom Watson
Seve Ballesteros was a Legend Amongst Men
Spanish-born Seve Ballesteros had a spectacular run in the eighties, ending the decade on no less than 32 European Tour victories. To this day, he is the all-time top player in Europe with 50 career wins to his name. Ballesteros didn’t only excel in Europe and also won the PGA Tour seven times. His four major wins were at The Masters in 1980 and 1981 and the British Open in 1984 and 1988. Thanks to his contribution to the game, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1999. Unfortunately, he passed away from brain cancer at the age of 54 in 2011.
The eighties was a good era for golf. Not only did the game receive more media attention than ever before, but players also upped their game in every sense of the word.