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Charismatic “People’s Champion” Seve Ballesteros dies


Ask anyone you know you has attempted the game of golf “Which golfer’s style would you most like to copy?” and they will most likely say the dazzling Severiano Ballesteros.

The Spaniard’s flare and touch were what stood him apart, and here follows reaction from his friends and rivals. There will never be anyone quite like him again.

Record 18-times major winner Jack Nicklaus: “Today golf lost a great champion and a great friend. We also lost a great entertainer and ambassador for our sport. I have always had wonderful respect for Seve’s ability, how he played the game, and the flair he brought to the sport. It was his creativity, his imagination and his desire to compete which made him so popular not only in Europe but throughout American galleries too.

“He was a great entertainer. No matter the golf that particular day, you always knew you were going to be entertained. Seve’s enthusiasm was just unmatched by anybody I think that ever played the game…Seve was, without argument, a terrific player — his record speaks for itself — but more important was his influence on the game especially throughout Europe.

Ballesteros fighting “for sixth major”


It’s heartwarming to read the interview with Seve Ballesteros in Marca today. The Spaniard had surgery (four operations in total) to remove a  brain tumour at the end of last year and it’s great to see him well enough to give an interview.

He admitted he had found the post-operative treatment “incredibly hard” at times and had had some low moments.