Like everyone else, I was saddened by the death of Seve Ballesteros over the weekend. My latest Sympatico column looks at some of the highlights of his career:
Seve Ballesteros was one of golf’s great artists, and his flair for the dramatic and improbable made him one of the game’s most entertaining and successful players. His death Saturday after a lengthy battle with cancer brought renewed attention to a man who almost single-handedly led to the rise in popularity of the Ryder Cup and made many reconsider the quality of golfers coming from Europe. Nick Faldo called Ballesteros “the greatest show on earth,” adding, “ I was a fan and so glad I had a front row seat.”
With 90 wins worldwide, including five major championships, Ballesteros grabbed the world’s attention in 1976 when at the age of 19 he finished second at the British Open. That commenced a career that saw Ballesteros win three British Opens and two Masters, often in dramatic fashion.
In career full of highlights, it is hard to pick the best Seve moments, but here’s some worthy of consideration: