R&A Releases Documentary Chronicling the Life and Legacy of Golf Legend Seve Ballesteros

Published 10/01/2021, 4:15 AM EDT


If one is speaking of golf legends, one cannot go without mentioning Seve Ballesteros. Turned professional only when he was 16, Ballesteros went on to win 50 European Tour and nine PGA Tour titles. The Spanish icon passed away in 2011,  after losing a long battle to brain cancer.

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Years after his death, people still send in their tributes, remembering the Cantabria-native. The R&A World Golf Museum will be hosting a dedicated exhibition for Ballesteros, and also premiere his documentary ‘SEVE.’

Spanish golfers Severiano Ballesteros (left) and Jose Maria Olazabal shaking hands during a Ryder Cup match at The Belfry, Warwickshire, 22nd September 1989. The competition ended in a draw with the European team retaining the Cup. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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How does the Seve Ballesteros documentary focus on his on-course performance?

R&A will be producing the 90-minute documentary that covers Ballesteros’ life. All his victories were recorded, including his 1976 Open Championship, where he came in second to Johnny Miller. However, it also delves into his personal life, extending to his relationships, his children, and “fondness for money”.

His manager, Ed Barner, speaks about how Seve did not trust too many people. “Manuel protected him. But the other brothers manipulated him. They weren’t always operating in Seve’s best interests,” he said. He further spoke about his depression, and how his brothers were brutal to Ballesteros while growing up.

Even his rivals lined up for tribute, Paul Azinger one of the many to speak up. Tom Lehman, who beat Ballesteros during the 1995 Ryder Cup, was all-praises for the Spanish golfer. “The greatest nine holes ever played”. 

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What does the exhibition include?

The exhibition will be including images from David Cannon – a sports photographer. Seve’s career was published by the R&A in a new book. One of the photos included is from Seve’s celebration after holing a putt on Hole 18 at the Old Course in St Andrews back in 1984 at The Open. 

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“I built a great relationship with Seve over both our careers. There was never a day when I was photographing Seve that he failed to give me an opportunity to capture a wonderful photograph,Cannon said. He added that as a golfer, Seve excited him the most. 

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This week on Wednesday, to celebrate the new exhibition, the R&A had a VIP screening of the documentary at the New Picture House Cinema in St Andrews.

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Devika Pawar is a golf and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, she has over two years' worth of sportswriting experience at Republic World. Devika loves NBA a little too much and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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