Photographer David Cannon's Favorite Pictures of Seve Ballesteros
October 05, 2011
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Seve Ballesteros on the 18th green at St. Andrews in 1984.
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Seve in full flow in the second round of the British Open at Royal Lytham in 1988, in those vivid green trousers with his hair blowing in the wind.
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One of those epic Ryder Cup moments in 1991 at Kiawah Island with his trusted partner, Jose Maria Olazabal.
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"That Shot" on the 18th hole in the Canon European Masters at Crans Montana in Switzerland in 1993. He ignored caddie Billy Foster's advice to chip out sideways, and I clearly recall Billy (who now caddies for Lee Westwood) muttering as he walked to where I was lying down taking the pictures, "He's got no f---ing chance, but I somehow know he will prove me wrong!" Seve laid the face of his sand wedge wide open and sent the ball almost vertically over the wall, to the edge of the green. From there he chipped in for the most unbelievable birdie. Pure Seve!
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One of my favorite moments with Seve was on the beach at Pedrena, his home in Northern Spain. I flew from Australia to London that morning, then flew straight to Bilbao, and then drove to Pedrena to shoot him for a golf magazine and Sunderland waterproofs. To work with Seve at home was such a thrill, and I will never forget re-creating those putting games he played as a youngster on that tide-washed sand, a perfectly smooth but lightning fast surface that prepared him so well for those battles he faced with the greens of Augusta and the great golf courses of the world.
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