Tuesday, July 1

'Seve' Now Showing in UK Cinemas

ABOVE: José Luis Gutiérrez, a 4 handicap, plays young Seve Ballesteros.

I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME I saw Seve Ballesteros in person. In fact, it might have been the only time I saw Seve play tournament golf, other than on television. It was the PGA Championship at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California. The year was 1983. I was with my dad and brother.

I watched Seve tee off on a par 4 using a 3-wood. I may have followed him for a few holes. I can't remember the details. What I do remember is that Seve was fascinating to watch. Every move, every little thing. Putting on his golf glove. It didn't matter. He radiated charisma.

Of course, Seve is gone now, and way too soon, but the memories linger.

A movie about his life (Seve the Movie) has just been released in the UK and Ireland. No dates are set for the United States, but surely Seve will again come to America. When that happens, I will gladly buy a ticket, find a seat and watch Europe's all-time greatest golfer.

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