Javier Ballesteros starts pro career at same course as Seve

Javier Ballesteros begins pro career at same course as legendary father Seve

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10:27 GMT, 27 April 2012

On Thursday Javier Ballesteros began on the long path to emulating his late father, Seve.

The 21-year-old made his professional golf circuit debut on Thursday at Sant Cugat in Catalunya, Spain, 38 years after Seve began his pro career at the same location.

Seve died in May 2011 at 54, but Javier does not feel too much pressure to prove himself despite his father's golfing legend.

Like father like son: Javier Ballesteros began his pro career at the same course as his father

Like father like son: Javier Ballesteros began his pro career at the same course as his father

'My goal for this competition is enjoy it,' he told the European Tour’s official website.

'I don’t set goals when I play a tournament, especially being an amateur. What I have to do is enjoy and learn. I have no extra pressure being Seve’s son, I don’t really have anything to prove. I’m just going to be myself.

'I have no extra pressure being Seve’s son, I don’t really have anything to prove. I’m just going to be myself.

'When I registered for the Peugeot Tour event at Sant Cugat I didn’t know that my father played his first professional tournament here and now that I know, it’s double the excitement for me.'

His father won five majors – a total which will prove a real challenge for Javier to reach – but he made a good start to his pro career at the Peugeot Alps de Barcelona with a five-under-par round on day one.

Winner: Seve Ballesteros (left) took five majors

Winner: Seve Ballesteros (left) took five majors

Seve won 91 tournaments in his career, but before Javier gets too consumed by the world of golf he will follow through with his father's desire for him to finish his studies.

'I have always played golf,' he explained. 'I was on the national team when I was 14 to 16 years old, and being surrounded by golf at home always made me think about being a pro in the future.

'But I have to finish university first. It is something my parents have always told me to do, especially my father, and that is my priority. Then we will see.

'I have not made a schedule or set a time. It’s not just a case of turning professional as soon as I finish college. We will just see what happens.'