Seve: The Autobiography: The Official Autobiography

September 7, 2019 - Comment

Severiano Ballesteros is perhaps the most naturally gifted golfer ever to have walked a fairway. From the moment his brother Manuel gave him his first club – a 3 iron – he was unstoppable; he played shots others could only dream of. A few weeks before his seventeenth birthday he turned pro. Five years later

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Severiano Ballesteros is perhaps the most naturally gifted golfer ever to have walked a fairway. From the moment his brother Manuel gave him his first club – a 3 iron – he was unstoppable; he played shots others could only dream of. A few weeks before his seventeenth birthday he turned pro. Five years later he won the Open. A year after that he became the first European ever to win the Masters. A genius had arrived. For the best part of two decades Seve dominated the golfing landscape. With 94 wins to date as a professional (including 5 Majors), 6 European Order of Merit titles and the No. 1 position in the Official World Golf Rankings, he became a sporting phenomenon, an athlete who transcended – and still transcends – his sport. But Seve stands for more than simple excellence. Almost single-handedly, Seve gave European golf credibility; almost single-handedly, he made the Ryder Cup one of the greatest contests in world sport. And when, as captain, he finally lifted the trophy on home soil in 1997, a whole continent rejoiced. His pride and passion have inspired millions, and we have taken him to our hearts. Now, for the first time, Seve tells his story.From his humble beginnings right up to the present day, here at last is the man behind the magic in his own words.Like its author, Seve is utterly entertaining, blazingly charismatic and unique; and, like its author, it wears its heart on its sleeve. But Seve is more than Seve the golfing magician, Seve the proud family man, and Seve the fierce patriot. It is, simply, ‘Seve’.

Comments

Anonymous says:

A book of two halves I’m a golf nut, and love autobiographies. Seve is an icon, and I wanted to know more about him even though he’s no longer with us. This book started really well, and his early life and the development of his cavalier style is fascinating. Unfortunately, he then became a bit of a moaner, where it seemed that things were everyone’s fault but his. This really detrated from the hero I wanted to remember, so I stopped reading it rather than dispel the mystique of the man. I prefer to keep the…

Anonymous says:

Seve, his story for once. Contrary to the previous review, this autobiography is not a ‘boring rant’ but is very revealing about Seve’s upbringing and his battles with various authorities to sell the great game of golf to his home country and the European tour.The Ryder Cup, especially, would not be what is today without the influence of Seve.The book also made me aware of how early in his career his back problems started and how through great determination and self belief he became the most dominant and…

Anonymous says:

Must read If you play golf for a living…or seriously…if Seve isn’t one of the people you study…you are missing out!

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