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Golf Australia Express : Issue2
HE’LL be remembered as one of golf’s greatest. Not so much for his record—impressive as it was—but for the humanity he brought to the sport. His creativity and his imagination on course was unmatched. Severiano Ballesteros, or simply Seve, has been described by his peers as “a genius”, “the king of European golf” and “Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus rolled into one”. His charisma was legendary— his gamesmanship and competitiveness equally so. Losing his battle with cancer in May at just 54, it was sad that Seve never had a chance to shoot his age. As a three- time winner of the British Open—including the 1979 Open at Lytham where he famously played a shot from a carpark at the 16th before making birdie—we thought it appropriate to look back at the life of Seve. While no words can really describe the awkward positions he’d routinely get himself in and out of, or the passion with which he played, we figured what better way to salute Seve than with images of his life? We hope you enjoy a trip down Memory Lane, and for those of us still learning about his impact on golf, we hope you take something special away from our tribute. TRIBUTE THE A Pictorial Tribute to a Golf Icon SEVE STYLE “I LOOK INTO THEIR EYES, SHAKE THEIR HAND, PAT THEIR BACK, AND WISH THEM LUCK, BUT I AM THINKING, ‘I AM GOING TO BURY YOU.’ “ —Seve Ballesteros “SEVE PLAYS SHOTS I DON’T EVEN SEE IN MY DREAMS.” — Ben Crenshaw