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Saturday 20 September 2014

Seve has the drive to succeed

Paul Whitington

Published 29/06/2014 | 02:30

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Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros during final day's singles during the Ryder Cup matches at Oak Hill Country Club, New York, 24th September 1995.
Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros during final day's singles during the Ryder Cup matches at Oak Hill Country Club, New York, 24th September 1995.

The world of golf was devastated by the sad passing of Seve Ballesteros in 2011 at the age of just 54.

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Seve, a lively if somewhat romanticised new biopic from John-Paul Davidson, explores his meteoric rise, unique technique and extraordinary charisma.

The son of a poor Cantabrian peasant, Seve was a dream come true for haters of golf snobbery and elitism. He learnt to drive by hitting rocks on a beach and scaling the walls of an exclusive golf club at sundown to practice.

He announced his talent at the British Open in 1976, when he finished second at the age of 19. He won the Open three years later, and went on to win four more majors including two US Masters.

What most people loved about Seve was his emotional manner and his never-say-die attitude.

This film is at its best when depicting Seve's tough childhood and relentless drive, and will be enjoyed by golfers and non-golfers alike.

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