Golf’s matador is gone

There will be many articles and blogs on golf websites around the world talking about Severiano Ballesteros this weekend. Golf’s (last?) true magician has finally lost his battle against cancer and the world of golf is a sadder place for it. I usually turn to Golfweek to get the in-depth analysis of important happenings in golf and so also this time. Alistair Tait has written an excellent tribute to the five time major champion that was so much more than ‘just’ a major champion. Every golfer will today revert to think about their own memories of Seve. Two immediately come to my mind; the video that I once got, showing Seve’s win in the 1984 Open Championship at St Andrews and the first opportunity that I had to watch him live – in the Scandinavian Enterprise Open. He was the golfer we all wanted to be. Not because of his brilliant technique but for what he could do with a golf ball. And for the way he took on a golf course.

At the England v Spain match I come to talk to the Spanish Coach, Domingo Hospital, who played a lot with Seve. Domingo tells me how they always played the practice rounds together on tour and with a tear in his eye he says that there will never be another player like him. I think we all know Domingo is right which makes yesterday an even sadder day.

A silent minute for Seve

A silent minute for Seve, picture © Tom Ward

By some very magical coincidence the great National hero picked this weekend to pass away. The European Tour are in Spain for the Spanish Open and the Spanish amateur team are playing a match against England. Tributes were held all over the world and to witness the silent minute held at the Berkshire Golf Club was very emotional. The tribute finished with a round of applause that never seemed to wat to finish. Severiano Ballesteros has left the game that he helped to define. The game will live on but it won’t be anywhere near as exciting as it once was.

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