Seve : A Biography of Severiano Ballesteros

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Seve is the most extrovert player Europe has ever produced. Playboy good looks along with a magnetism that attracted non-golfers to the game made him the biggest drawing card Europe has ever had. He emerged on the world scene with typical elan, hitting one of the most outrageous shots ever seen at the 1976 Open Championship. Three years later he became the youngest Open Champion of the modern era when he won the first of his five major championships. Ballesteros started Europe's domination of the Majors throughout the 80s and 90s, paving the way for Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Ian Woosnam, Sandy Lyle and Jose Maria Olazabal. His play in the Ryder Cup, fuelled by an intense dislike for Americans, helped restore Europe's pride in the event. Driven by
Basque pride and with a fiery Latin temperament, Seve has often let his heart
rule his head.

Seve is the remarkable story of one of the game's most fascinating characters.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 146 x 224 x 22mm | 399.17g
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1x8 b/w illustration section
  • 0753511339
  • 9780753511336
  • 972,923

About Alistair Tait

Alistair Tait has been writing about golf since 1989. He is European Bureau Chief for Golfweek magazine and regularly contributes to The Guardian, Observer, Sunday Herald, Financial Times, Links Magazine, Golf News and other publications. He is also author of four other books on golf.
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'Every generation or so, there emerges a golfer who is a little bit better than anybody else. I believe Ballesteros is one of them.' - Lee Trevino
Described by many as Europe's most inspirational golfer, Seve Ballesteros is one of golf's true superstars and, without doubt, one of the most charismatic players the game has ever seen.
Exploding onto the scene with one notably outrageous shot at the 1976 Open Championship, Seve went on to become the youngest Open Champion of the modern era three years later, when he won the first of his five major championships.
Alistair Tait shows how Seve's influence paved the way for Europe's domination of the majors throughout the 1980s and 90s. and how his captaincy in 1997 at the Ryder Cup led the European team to victory. With anecdotes and tributes from Seve's contemporaries - and even some former enemies - Seve: A Biography of Severiano Ballesteros is an illuminating portrait of one of golf's most fascinating characters.
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