Today is the seventh anniversary of the death of Seve Ballesteros, three-times Open champion, twice Masters champion, winner of scores of tournaments around the world, the inspiration for the reinvigoration of the Ryder Cup and – notwithstanding that Nick Faldo has won six major championships to Seve’s five – the most important player in the history and development of the European Tour.
In the grounds of what was his home until he died, two and a half years after undergoing surgery for a brain tumour, is a small (very small!) par-three course. Seve had got the greens sorted out before his passing, although the tees were added afterwards by his sons. The whole layout only adds up to 544 metres – put another way, the length of a long par-five – but it is a lot of fun.
The 5th initiates a three-hole stretch which Seve called his personal Amen Corner. The holes aren’t as tough as 11-13 at the Masters – together they about equal the length of the par-three 12th at Augusta – but, of course, I did manage to miss two of the three greens with my pitch shots. Although not by as much as golf misses Seve.