Seve Ballesteros wasn't really missed
Some comebacks are just unnecessary. After this week’s Madrid Open, we can add Seve Ballesteros to the list.
Absent from competition for the past two years due to injuries, Seve talked a good game heading into Madrid. “Winning is very possible,” he told the AP.
Apparently the meds Seve took for his arthritic back have made him delusional. Forget about winning; making the cut wasn’t even very possible. Seve’s 77-73 left him at 8-over, and he missed the cut by 14 strokes, finishing next-to-last out of 119 golfers.
He’ll always be revered by his fellow Spaniards, but we’ve never been huge Seve fans in this space. Many fans like to mention Sergio Garcia and Ballesteros in the same breath, but that’s disparaging to Garcia, who handles himself with more class than Seve ever has. Garcia’s enthusiasm for the game is something to be admired, while Seve’s antics through the years sadly turned him into a sideshow.
As much as I’d like to be wrong, Seve strikes me as a self-promoter milking his fame as he approaches 50. Instead of being a positive representative of the game long after he’s played his best golf (see: Gary Player), Seve will always be most concerned about Seve. And those kind of comebacks we can do without.
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The fact is, they -- like Greg -- are almost always missing the point. Doug Carey was commenting about the two different personalities of Ballesteros and Garcia, not their records.
Nobody would argue Ballesteros' record in golf. Not many people would argue either that he is a self-serving jerk who took gamesmanship to a new, low level, while Garcia has more class in his little finger.
Try to understand what the writer is saying, Greg, before you spout off. Check your facts. Do your homework.
I agree that Seve is not handling aging/loss of form with much dignity -but put yourself in his shoes the man won over 80 times around the world, yet now can't hit a fairway, and then to add insult to injury his shortgame and putting is still as good as anyone. His return to the Madrid Open was a disaster, but he still one putted ten times, hit a shot 200 yards round and under a tree on his knees...! yet still can't break par
I, and many others wish he was back on his game, as there really was nothing like him at his best
What Greg Sharp says above rings true to me. In the whole world outside of the USA, Ballesteros is a legend. If the 'point' of the article is to place the two personalities of Ballesteros and Garcia in comparison it's worth noting the latter has recently been fined for misconduct...
the latest in a string of incidents relating to ungentlemanly conduct.
Looks like Tim hasn't done his homework again!
What Greg Sharp says rings true with me. Anywhere in the world outside the USA Ballesteros is a legend.
It seems a little confusing when 'people like Tim' use words like 'Jerk' to describe someone they're jealous of.
Seems to me that Seve has more class in his badly alligned driver than you have in your whole body.
Back to school for you Tim, time to learn some manners.
Ask Azinger, and I think he would have stronger words than "Jerk" for Seve.
That being said, the tour needs jerks, too. So I'd like to see Seve come back and make a go of it, but I hate to see him struggle.
Saying that makes me think about the Ryder Cup match he played against Lehman in 1995. Way past his best golf, he was still doing this thing. Lehman came out strong, hitting every fairway & green and was 2 under through the first 7 or 8 holes. Don't recall exactly but Seve hit no fairways and one green (maybe) and was all square ... and in the pressure of a Ryder Cup to boot. Lehamn had to wondering just what the hell was going on. Seve was just unbelievable.
Some people are born with an aura, an unmistakeable presence, and the people who write terrible articles like this one will never understand what it is truly like to be in the publics eye and the way they "childishly" try to rank people based upon what they think is "classy" or the "right" way to behave..
Speaking of "class", I believe it was the "GREAT" Champion Garcia (with I think, like, has 5 wins total) that wanted appearence fee money to play in the BALLESTEROS trophy......appearence money? That was the funniest thing I've ever heard.......Seve, basically from what I read told him to #%!# off....
Which is what I want to tell you about your worthless article...
Seve's gamesmanship exceeded the Hoganesque "cold shoulder". He resorted to coughing in the backswing, moving in the backswing, jingling change in his pocket, etc.
Nobody says you have to be nice, just fair.
Humility and dignity? Seve? Come on.
Great player, yes. Gentlemen?? Stretching the definition quite a bit to encompass Seve. Forget Sergio, let's talk about Seve.
He hasn't exactly handled his playing troubles with grace, has he? Numerous PGA pros will corroborate his piss poor attitude, not only during his time on the bottom, but at the top of his game as well.
Helluva player, but not a helluva guy in the minds of his peers.
The guy shanks mentioned that ryder cup with lehman and to be honest i have never seen such artistry and pure skill and shot making in all my life watching golf . How he recovered time and time again was something unique . In a game now made much easier with technology its worth remembering the sheer talent the man had and its mostly because that he knows that no one has ever come close to him that he struggles nowadays to come accross right . He is a tortured man now and golf is the loser .
Bull. The guy needs to take his meds for once and do what his docs tell him. Golf may be A loser in this, but Seve himself is the real loser, along with his family and the people around him.
BALLESTEROS major championships -5
One particular golf writer tried to do a world rankings list based on 'popularity' and opined that the aforementioned Americans were top of the list and that Monty would be dead last, completely ignoring the fact that he (Monty) is enormously popular not only in Europe but also in Asia.
Seriously , Sevy needs to grow old gracefully i accept but you have to agree that very few if any of todays golfers could do what sevy could . Technology has put paid to that but just ask Nicklaus to name one of the greatest shots he had ever witnessed and Sevy's 3 wood out of a bunker in i think a Ryder Cup comes very near the top . The man represents something very rareley seen any more and thats why golf is the loser . Trevino is another who fits the category , fantastic imagination and a huge array of different shots . The list is very short and now in the modern era almost exstinct !
As far as the Seve-Sergio debate, I am too young to remember Seve's heyday so I cant comment on his behaviour and demeamour. His record speaks for itself against Garcia but I do believe the author was comparing personality, not ability. However, Garcia is not the most perfect of professionals and has been known to ruffle some feathers in his short career.
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