Sunday, 8 May 2011
My most memorable moment though was in 1985 when I went with a party from the Golf club to watch the first of the new Ryder Cup, previously the Ryder Cup format was England v USA but in 1985 it became Europe v USA. I stood beside the green of the 10 hole par 4 the green was surrounded by water and at the time was not considered reachable in one shot, both American players had layed there balls up on the fairway just across the water from the green with an Iron shot when Sevvi stepped onto the green with his driver every one held there breath. Sevvi hit the drive strong and true it landed on the green and rolled to near 10ft from the pin, the cheer from the crowd surrounding the green was deafening and that shot from Sevvi has gone down in the history of golf as the moment that inspired the European team to victory for the very first time.
I also recall the showing around that time of a series of pro celebrity golf games that the famous golf commentator Peter Alliss used to present, Sevvi was often a guest on these games and he was always the gentleman and sportsman that we loved, he often played against another sporting greats of the time who as also died in the last week Henry Cooper, these series of golf games between professionals and celebrities were a joy to watch and I often wish they could repeat them.
Sevvi Ballesteros was a sporting great who will never be replaced, he died too young and I'm sure if it hadn’t been for is illness would have had a long career in the presentation of the sport and on the seniors tour.