The golf world lost a legend this weekend in Spanish pro Severiano Ballesteros. Described as a golf genius, Seve was a pioneer of the game and is generally regarded as the greatest Spanish golfer of all time. Seve, who once said, “The more you go into trees, the more you have practice,” was famous for his chipper of the ball, his bunker shot and his ability to make a birdie or a par when neither seemed possible.
Seve was widely respected among his peers and was called a great champion and a great friend in a tribute this weekend from Jack Nicklaus. “I have always had wonderful respect for Seve’s ability, how he played the game, and the flare he brought to the sport while achieving the success he did,” Nicklaus said. “I think his team-mates always rallied around him and that passion of his. He was Europe’s emotional and spiritual leader, the heart and soul of their team. The Ryder Cup was something that was very, very special to Seve. And Seve was very special to us.”
Seve won five majors in his career and was the first European to win the US Masters in 1980. He went on to win another Masters in ‘83, three British Opens, nine PGA’s and nearly fifty European tournaments.