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Ballesteros described his final round of 65 which beat Nick Price by two shots as "perhaps the best round of my entire career." For much of the 1980s and 1990s, Ballesteros was a mainstay of the European Ryder Cup team.He scored 22½ points in 37 matches against the United States; his partnership with fellow Spaniard José María Olazábal was the most successful in the history of the competition, with 11 wins and two halved matches out of 15 pairs matches.Ballesteros' older brother Manuel finished in the top 100 on the European Tour Order of Merit every year from 1972 to 1983, and later became Ballesteros' manager.His brothers Vicente and Baldomero, and nephew Raúl are also professional golfers.He was ever-present in the end of season world's top ten according to those rankings for fifteen years, from 1977 to 1991 inclusive.In 1999, Ballesteros was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

He also led Mc Cormack's World Golf Rankings, published in Mc Cormack's "World Of Professional Golf" annuals (from which the official rankings were developed) in 1983, 19.His 1979 win at The Open Championship similarly made him the youngest winner of the tournament in the 20th century, and the first golfer from continental Europe to win a major since Frenchman Arnaud Massy won The Open in 1907.Ballesteros won the rain delayed Masters in 1983 by 5 shots.After further recurrences of his back problems, which contributed to his finishing tied for last in his only Champions Tour start, Ballesteros announced his retirement from golf on 16 July 2007, bringing down the curtain on an illustrious career.During the news conference, he also addressed reports in European media that he had attempted suicide, saying that those reports "were not even close to reality".

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