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Seve Ballesteros - a brilliant entertainer

A fiery, risk taking, Spaniard - a real crowd pleaser

Posted Oct 29, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Seve Ballesteros

Golf is a sport that has been blessed by so many wonderful players but there’s one guy out there that was more than just talent, he was character, he was passion, he was brilliance, he was excitement.
And that player is the great Severiano Ballesteros – the risk taking, swashbuckling, good-looking, charismatic and fiery Spaniard.
Often considered as the Arnold Palmer of Europe, Seve’s brilliance on the course made him a fans’ favourite for years – and following a recent battle with illness, it’s clear to see that he is still loved by all those involved in the sport.
His creativity, imagination and brilliance around the green were the hallmarks of his game. He would regularly miss the fairway off the tee but at his best, it rarely hurt his score. Two shots I have seen him play just make me realize how good he was.
The first was a tape of his 1979 Open win when he made birdie after playing from a parking lot and the second was when he bent the ball around trees after finding trouble from the tee. That may not sound that remarkable but when you consider he was on his knees to play the sot and he had to draw the ball about 60 yards from right to left to find his target, you realize just how good he was.
And it was this brilliance that catapulted the European Tour to new levels and helped the European Ryder Cup team achieve equality and later superiority to their American counterparts.
He heritage in the sport is quite unrivalled. His three brothers are pros and an uncle, Ramon Sota, finished 6th at the Masters in 1965. Seve first picked up a club, a cut down three iron, at seven years old and by the time he was 13 he was winning tournaments and shooting 65.
He turned pro at just 16 years old and won the Spanish Professionals Championship that year. In 1976 he won five times on the European Tour and claimed the money title. His history is scattered with greatness and he will always be considered one of the greatest of all time.
It’s such a sporting tragedy that he has been struck by this illness and we wish him all the best in his recovery.

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