posted on Oct, 29 2004 @ 04:31 PM
SOTOGRANDE, Spain -- The European tour is investigating Seve Ballesteros, who is accused of assaulting another Spanish golfer off the course during an
amateur tournament last month.
Ballesteros was a spectator at the over-35 event in Pedrena, where he lives. The player, Jose Maria Zamora, is also a tournament director on the
European tour. Zamora said Wednesday he had reported the matter to European tour officials but would not comment further.
This isn't the first run-in between Zamora and Ballesteros. In last year's Italian Open, Zamora was the tour official who penalized Ballesteros for
slow play. Ballesteros refused to adjust his card or accept the penalty and was subsequently fined by the tour.
Ballesteros, a former three-time British Open champion, hasn't played on the tour this year because of injuries.
David Garland, the tour's director of operations, said he was investigating but declined further comment.
Ivan Ballesteros, a nephew and spokesman for Ballesteros' Amen Corner company, said Ballesteros was away and had nothing to say.
"It's something that happened between two people, and I don't think people should make a big deal of it," Ivan Ballesteros said.