Seve. The Diagnosis
Severiano Ballesteros finished 204th on last year’s European order of merit – in his 28th season. It was the fifth consecutive year he had finished outside the top 100, and was his final year as a category one player (for having topped the 1991 order of merit – he also was number one in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1986 and 1988).
As an honorary member, and still a major attraction for any tournament sponsor, he will continue to compete this year, but many people are asking why.Towards the end of last year, while (perhaps ironically) conducting a clinic at San Roque, where he is redesigning the first course, having a house built and hoping to host this year’s Spanish Open (in fact, it went to the Canary Isles), Ballesteros explained what still motivated him.”I know what’s wrong. It’s very simple. I am bad physically with my back, and also my right shoulder. I think I hurt my back when I was 13, when I used to do boxing with my friends, and the shoulder may be from picking up my seven-year-old daughter.
Seve says he has achieved his biggest goal. “I wanted to get married, and have a family, and make sure they were healthy and received a good education. One of my sons may be a professional golfer, he is very good already, nine handicap, and the other one may be a soccer player. He wants to play for Real Madrid. They both play golf, and I make them go out with just one club. Maybe a seven-iron one day, or a nine-iron another. It is good for teaching imagination.”Imagination is one quality for which Seve has always been number one. Perhaps it will help him through another difficult season.