Seve Ballesteros Remembered

by Jeff Skinner

This Sunday brings more tributes to Seve Ballesteros.  With his good friends Jose Maria Olazabel and Miguel Angel Jimenez playing on in his memory at The Open de Espana, Sergio Garcia wearing all black to honor Seve in North Carolina, tributes from all around the world continue to come in. Here are a few stories on Seve and his effect on the world of golf that he loved so well. Tom Watson said he could “out Watson Watson as far as getting it up and down” and if that doesn’t say something about his amazing talent nothing does.

Alistair Tait gives us “Ten Reasons Seve was Sensational” and charisma and genius are right at the top.

In Golf Digest John Huggan says “golf will never see such artistry on the course again.”  And in The Scotsman he says a round of golf with Seve was more about the journey than the destination.

Take a look at Seve’s career in pictures here.

George Bamberger calls him “the Arnold Palmer of Europe” and says without him European golf wouldn’t be where it is and certainly there would be no modern Ryder Cup.

Jack Nicklaus says,” He was probably the most passionate Ryder Cup player that we’ve ever had.” If it wasn’t for Nicklaus Europe would never have been included in the Ryder Cup and without Seve it never would have been relevant.

Peter Alliss said it simply, “he was a genius” and his joy separated him from the rest. “…in an era when very few sportsmen seem to smile or even look as if they are enjoying what they do, it was marvelous to see him having fun. Everybody shared in his joy.”

You can see many reactions from a cross-section of golfers here with their Twitter comments on Seve here.

Check out Seve’s World Golf Hall of Fame page here.


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