Saturday, 7 May 2011
He Won The Battles But Lost The War
He was spoken of as charismatic and a gentleman by those who knew him in Santander, which is across the Bay of Biscay from Pedrena, the town of his birth. Along with others from this golf-crazed area of Scotland, I have participated in the 'Seve Pilgrimage' to North Spain. Mention Seve to anyone and their eyes light up with adoration and fierce pride.
To high achievers in any sport battling the odds is their motivation. So it was for Seve Ballesteros and he won many battles; the British Open three times and the Masters twice.
However, sadly, he lost the war to cancer today at the young age of 54. RIP.