Severiano “Seve” Ballesteros Sota – Golfing Legend

The world of golf lost one of the most charismatic golfers a few short years ago. Severiano “Seve” Ballesteros Sota was the most famous Spaniard to ever play! Known for his creative shot making, Seve was never one to shy away from any challenge. Losing his final battle to cancer on 7 May 2011, he might be gone, but definitely not forgotten!

With 90 career wins world-wide, Seve first appeared on the world stage by finishing second at The Open at the age of 19. His 5 Major Championships (3 British Open, 2 Masters), 50 European Titles, 9 PGA wins and 32 World Wide wins supports Seve’s induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1999.

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The special logo of Seve Ballesteros has been emblazoned on the golf bags of the European Ryder Cup team at Medinah

He was an anchor for the European Ryder Cup team for years. More recently, in 2012 and 2014, Seve was a huge inspiration for the Europeans.   “The 2012 Ryder Cup, the first to be played after Ballesteros’ death, saw the European team wearing navy blue and white garments on the final day in memory of Seve, who traditionally wore navy blue on the last day of a tournament. Additionally, the team’s kit also bore the silhouette of Ballesteros after his win at the 1984 Open Championship. The Irish golfer Pádraig Harrington, Nick Faldo and other European players proposed that the PGA replace the image of Harry Vardon on the European Tour‘s official logo with one of Ballesteros (a silhouette of the iconic image of Ballesteros’ “salute”, following his win at the 1984 Open Championship).” In 2014, every European would tap Seve’s picture as they entered the first tee each day. The reverence held by all golfers for Seve Ballesteros cannot be mistaken.

Not surprisingly, Seve was a great teacher as well. He made some teaching videos, which despite their age, are still applicable today. Famous for his short game, it is no surprise that his videos focus on his strengths! Check these out:

Putting

Chipping

Bunker play

Severiano “Seve” Ballesteros Sota was the most notable European golfer for years. His charismatic nature and love of the game was infectious. Although he was taken far to early, his legacy will live on for a very long time!

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

2014 Ryder Cup – Day 3 Predictions

As I wait for the 2014 Ryder Cup Matches to start I thought it would be fun to predict today’s winners. My decision is based on how well the individuals have played to date, who they are playing against and the order they are playing.

From the outset, it is obvious that the European team’s line-up, they are trying to win early. However, it will not be until Sergio Garcia sinks his put on the 18th hole do the Europeans get to celebrate! So here it goes:

Tee times for Day 3 Ryder Cup

  •  Jordan Spieth               2 and 1
  • Henrick Stenson           1 up
  • Rickie Fowler                3 and 2
  • Justin Rose                    2 and 1
  • Phil Mickelson              1 up
  • Martin Kaymer             3 and 2
  • Matt Kuchar                  2 and 1
  • Sergio Garcia                 1 up
  • Ian Poulter                     1 up
  • Keegan Bradley             1 up
  • Jimmy Walker               2 and 1
  • Victor Dubuisson         4 and 3

Final Score Europe 16 – US 12.

What do you think?

I am a grateful golfer! Let the games begin.

2014 Ryder Cup – Day 2

Day 2 of the 2014 Ryder Cup has come and gone. The quick start by the US Team brought hope to many of their faithful followers. Unfortunately, their performance in the afternoon dampened the spirits of many US golfing fanatics.

On the flip side of the equation, the European Team did not panic after a slow start in the morning. Like Day 1, they played very well in the afternoon and now hold a commanding lead heading into the singles competition. Leading 10 to 6, the Europeans have to win 4 matches before the US wins 9 to remain Ryder Cup Champions!

If you are wondering, here is the lineup for tomorrow:

Tee times for Day 3 Ryder Cup

So the real question for tomorrow is whether the US team can dig deep and come out swinging. I would suggest that they need at least 4 quick wins to have a chance at winning. Closing the gap to 10-10 will even the playing field (no pun intended) and neutralize the European’s 13th player: The Fans!

If the US can pull off a miracle tomorrow, then maybe they will enter the history books as one of the greatest emotional finishes at the Ryder Cup.

I am a grateful golfer! Expecting awesome golf on Day 3!

 

2014 Ryder Cup – Day 1

rydercup2014-There should be no surprise that the European Ryder Cup team is leading the US Ryder Cup Team by 2 points. After a shaky start, the Europeans rallied and scored 3.5 points in the afternoon session of Day 1. With 8 matches complete, it is time for the pundits to start second guessing the Captains and offer unsolicited advice on how to improve the team’s standing during play on Day 2. I however, do not see the value in second guessing the team Captains, but see the value in being grateful for the great golf on Day 1.

My approach might be a little altruistic, but I would not be ‘The Grateful Golfer’ if I used the US Team Captain, Tom Watson, as a punching bag. I would suggest that his game plan was solid and if not for a couple bounces here and there the score would be tied. Continuing on my positive approach to the play on Day 1, here is what I would like to share:

  • Rickie Fowler’s approach on the 16th hole in the afternoon was the shot of the day!
  • Sergio Garcia’s chip in from the sand in the morning and his stellar play in the afternoon!
  • Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed walked the walk!
  • Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose are looking like the team to beat!
  • The Scottish crowd was awesome! They truly understand the game of golf!

Here are some other fantastic highlights of today’s matches!

The Ryder Cup is a fantastic event. Each team understands the value of never quitting, never giving up, and grinding out a half point that could be the difference between winning and losing. The only prediction I have is that tomorrow’s play will be more of the same! Great moments, more highlights, and fantastic sportsmanship! Each of these professionals is a true gentleman whose desire to win their match is only eclipsed by their desire to win as a team!

I am a grateful golfer! I can hardly wait until tomorrow!

 

2014 Ryder Cup – The Real Story

In a few short hours, the 2014 Ryder Cup will be underway. The golfing world is waiting with much anticipation to see if the European team is as strong as everyone suggests. It is difficult to cut through the minutia to follow the real stories, so I thought I would share the thoughts of a few people I follow:

Who do you think are the real game changers for this year’s Ryder Cup?

Who is the better team Captain – Tom Watson or Paul McGinley?

Looks pretty event to me! What do you think?

Is this an exciting match up or what?

I could go on and on. However, I think you get the point! The 2014 Ryder Cup is about to start and we are ready! All I have left to say about that is:

GO EUROPE GO!

I am a grateful golfer! Time to get in front of the TV!