Seve Ballesteros (1957 - 2011)
Golfing legend and Hall of Famer Seve Ballesteros passed away Saturday after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 54. According to writer and friend of ChicagoDuffer.com Emily Kay, numerous journalists and reporters are sharing their thoughts and memories of the golfing great today.
Writing in Golf Digest, John Huggan captured perhaps the most iconic of them by recalling the jubilation at St. Andrews after the Spanish golf great stuffed a 10-foot putt on the 18th green on his way to winning the 1984 British Open.
"Again and again he punched the sky, his darkly handsome face alive with the enormity of the moment," Huggan wrote. "It is a memory worth preserving. Sadly for all who love golf as the art form it is meant to be and not the science it has become, we may never see his like again."
An emotional Jose Maria Olazabal was in tears as he practiced prior to his Saturday tee time at this week’s Spanish Open. Olazabal was determined to continue playing after the death of his close friend, "because that’s the greatest honor I could give Seve," he told the Associated Press. "He would have wanted the tournament to go ahead."
Olazabal remembered his former Ryder Cup partner for his "strength, his fighting spirit and passion for everything he did."
Seve was one of the greatest shotmakers I have personally ever seen in golf. His short game and shotmaking ability made him -- if you forgive the comparison -- Phil Mickelson before there was a Phil Mickelson. To date, it is my opinion that there has not been another golfer who can put together as exciting a round as Seve could in his prime.