Seve Ballesteros, the Greatest Ryder Cupper of All Time
When Jack Nicklaus proposed in 1977 that the Ryder Cup squad of Great Britain and Ireland also include continental Europe to make the matches more competitive, he probably had no idea he was inviting in the most intimidating and charismatic opponent Team USA had ever faced: Seve Ballesteros. On eight teams from 1979–1995, the dashing Spaniard racked up 22½ points in 37 matches, half of those in partnership with countryman José María Olazábal—the most successful team in Ryder Cup history.
But perhaps more important than his point total was the competitive spirit he brought to Team Europe. No player inspired his teammates like Seve did, whether with his play—many called his 3-wood from a fairway bunker to halve a singles match with Fuzzy Zoeller in 1983 the greatest shot they’d ever seen—or his words. After Europe’s one-point loss that year, Ballesteros gave a stirring locker-room speech that swept away any dejection: “This is not a defeat,” he said with customary brio. “This is a win!”
Two years later, Ballesteros and teammates won the Cup in front of 40,000 crazed fans at The Belfry and have dominated the competition pretty much ever since. And who can forget his pivotal role in the 1991 “War by the Shore” at Kiawah, where he took gamesmanship to a whole new level with Paul Azinger and went undefeated.
Yet the pinnacle of Seve’s Ryder Cup career came in 1997 when he captained a winning European team in his home country, the first matches held on the continent. After the daughter of the King of Spain presented him the trophy, Ballesteros, who died of brain cancer in 2011, said, “This is my best win ever. I have won five majors, six Order of Merits, many great tournaments around the world, but I have felt nothing like this.”
His passion for the event still fuels Team Europe to this day.
The World Cup of Golf is a men's golf tournament contested by teams of two representing their
country. Only one team is allowed from each country. The tournament
was founded by Canadian industrialist John Jay Hopkins, who hoped it would promote international goodwill through
golf. It began in 1953 as the Canada Cup and changed its named to the World Cup in 1967. With Fred Corcoran as the Tournament Director and the International Golf
Association behind it (1955–77), the World Cup traveled the globe and grew to
be one of golf's most prestigious tournaments throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
Canada Cup took
place 30 September 3
October at the R.S.H.E. Club de Campo de Madrid in Spain. It was the 13th Canada Cup event, which became the World Cup in 1967. The tournament was a 72-hole
stroke play team event with 37 teams. These were the same teams that had
competed in 1964 but with the addition of Czechoslovakia, Monaco and Morocco.
Each team consisted of two players from a country. The combined score of each
team determined the team results. The South African team of Harold Henning and Gary Player won by eight strokes over the Spanish
team of Ángel Miguel and Ramón Sota. The individual competition was won by Gary Player, who finished two shots ahead of Jack Nicklaus.
It has been the golf tournament that most public gathered in Spain until the emergence of the great Severiano Ballesteros.Gonzalo Lavín Sr was one of the main organizers of this event since he was the Golf Director of the Club de Campo, as well as general secretary of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation.
Golf returns to the
Olympic Games for the first time since 1904 in Rio
George O’Grady (2016), President of International Relations of the European
Tour: “the crucial meeting for Golf to go into the Olympic Games took place
during the Ryder Cup at Valderrama in 1997 with Juan Antonio Samaranch, Ken
Schofield, Commissioner Tim Finchem from the PGA Tour and myself, with the
presence of the European Captain Severiano Ballesteros. –
He revealed that it was during the 1997 Ryder Cup at Valderrama that he
and Seve Ballesteros first raised the issue of golf returning to the Olympics
for the first time since 1904 with Juan Antonio Samaranch, who was then
president of the International Olympic Committee
(2012), is a booster of Olympic golf on several fronts.
He was spurred on by his friend and
playing rival Seve Ballesteros. Norman won two British Opens (his only major
titles) and was No. 1 in the world for a total of 331 weeks in the 1980s and
'90s. Ballesteros was a challenger to that throne.
But they practiced a lot together, and
Norman says that some of Ballesteros' passions became his. Ballesteros knew
then-IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch, also a Spaniard, and planted with
him the idea of golf in the Olympics.
remember when it started," Norman said. "It was a practice round, in
1984, here at Wentworth [England]. We were getting ready for a World Match Play
. . . Seve mentioned the Olympics, and I was kind of taken aback. I hadn't
thought about it, didn't know much about the concept." .” I was stunned at
the time but he was very passionate about it. I’m extremely happy the game of
golf will be back at the Olympics and the players I’ve talked to about it are
embracing the idea."
Ballesteros wanted Norman on board, and Norman studied the concept thoroughly.
After Ballesteros died of cancer last year at 54, Norman helped keep the
campaign alive, while never forgetting Ballesteros' role.
"I give Seve as much credit as
anybody," Norman said. "And here we are today, talking about golf in
Sustainability challenges in the coming
Rand Jerris, Ph.D. the Senior Managing Director for Public Services for the United States
One of the topics of our discussion was about the
sustainability of game. In a recent presentation, Jerris used the United
Nations Brundtland Commission’s (1987) definition of
sustainable development as “meeting
the needs of the present (generation) without compromising the ability of
future generations to meet their own needs.”
ECONOMIC IMPACT OF GOLF ON THE ECONOMY OF EUROPE
Golf is very important to all the stakeholders
who have been involved in the production of this report on the economic impact
of the sport on the economy of Europe.
The PGA of GB&I has been closely
involved in two previous studies measuring the commercial importance of golf in
2006 & 2008, but recognise that society and the global market dynamics have
changed fundamentally since then.
We are delighted that this report has
received significant support across the sport from many federations, agencies
and individuals on a professional organisation and individual basis.
SURVEYS INC., Europe’s leading research agency in the field of golf, has
been commissioned by a number of the principal European golfing bodies, led by
the PGA of GB&I, to undertake an economic impact study of the sport on
the economy of Europe.
objective of this exercise has been to estimate the financial contribution
that the game of golf makes to the European economy. It is recognised
absolutely, however, that the game has many additional benefits beyond
those which are economic – in public health, in facilitating social
interaction, in enabling men and women and players of different ages and
levels of ability to compete against each other, in encouraging fair play
and sporting behaviour both in victory and defeat, in creating healthy
competition and in offering opportunities to travel. Each of these are
important contributors to the conclusion that the game of golf provides a
positive impact on society beyond the direct element of the commercial
impact of the game in Europe and beyond.
Cannon: my favourite golf holes
GOLF COURSE PHOTOGRAPHER AND GLENMORANGIE AMBASSADOR DAVID CANNON TALKS GOLF
MONTHLY THROUGH HIS 10 FAVOURITE GOLF HOLES
David Cannon is one of the world’s most respected golf photographers.
Below, he takes us through his 10 favourite holes on planet golf….
Between the holes choosen by David Cannon is the 7th hole of Crans Sur Sierre. Seve redesigned the course and we had the pleasure to participate in this work.
ADVISORY PRACTICE IN EMA
From North Cape to Cape Town
Course Development Cost Survey 2014 in Europe, Middle East and Africa
“I am pleased to present the third edition
of the Golf Course Development Cost Survey, prepared by KPMG’s Golf Advisory
Practice in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMA). Based on the responses of
owners and developers of over 100 recently constructed/under development golf
facilities, this report provides information on the planning and construction
costs of golf courses in various locations of EMA, as well as typical
development timeframes. Furthermore, we identify issues and challenges which
typically arise during the development process”.
Andrea Sartori Partner, KPMG Advisory Ltd. Head of KPMG’s Golf
Advisory Practice in Europe, Middle East and Africa
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