The last day of the Italian Open
08 May 2018
On the first of May 1983 .....

On the first of May 1983 the last day of the Italian Open was held at Ugolino Golf Club. Having just won the Masters at Augusta two weeks before, Severiano Ballesteros arrived at the last hole (the current 9th, then the 18th) two shots behind Germanys Bernard Langer and Britains Ken Brown. The hole is a par 5 of about 450 meters which meant he needed an eagle 3 to go into a playoff. With his second shot the Spanish champion went over the green. 

Severiano Golf Ugolino Club House

A large crowd in great suspense accumulate behind Ballesteros as he approached the green with one chance to hole out. Asking the crowd for silence he took his nine iron and hit the ball straight in the hole generating an enormous roar from the crowd. 

Targa commemorativa

That incredible determination earned Ballesteros a chance in the playoff (later won by Langer) and a commemorative plaque in the exact spot from which the historic chip of the Spanish champion set off.

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