Thought for Seve
Genius is the ability to put into effect what is in your mind (F Scott Fitzgerald)
He was magnificent
All other golfing news this week pales into insignificance when set alongside the awful truth that Seve Ballesteros has died. The strength, volume and eloquence of tributes paid to him, by friends, fellow golfers, writers and many others bears testament to the affection and admiration with which he was regarded and I, for one, am convinced we will never see his like again.
There are golfers we admire and respect – Nick Faldo, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods to name just three – and then there are those we love, such as Arnold Palmer, Sandy Lyle and, top of the list, Seve. In a world of seemingly computer-generated clones, who look, swing a golf club, and dress the same, and who give carefully controlled media soundbites that are a model of bland non-information, Seve stood out like a red tulip in a field of daffodils. The modern Tour pro’s modus operandi is to cut down the mistakes, reduce the margins of error, find the short grass, avoid the hazards and wait for others to falter. Seve, in contrast, never saw a challenge he wouldn’t take on, a course he couldn’t beat into submission, another golfer he couldn’t take to the cleaners or a birdie he couldn’t make. Descriptions like ‘swashbuckling’, ‘cavalier’ and ‘go-for-broke’ attached themselves to him with such predictable regularity because they were true, and we who could only watch and marvel fell in love with the way he played the game but more than that (more…)Add a comment 1 Comment
We, like the rest of the golfing world, are reeling at the news of Seve’s death. We heard about it while on the golf course and the next few holes holes were surprisingly quiet. Seve was an inspiration, a gentleman, and truly authentic. We shall miss him.
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