Seve the Movie (2014) Script

(crowd talking)



Narrator: This was the Open when everything seemed to happen.

(upbeat music)

(fire crackling)

On the second day, the boy Ballesteros was now six under par.

And led outright by two strokes.

(crowd applauding)

But, inevitably, the power of world golf had begun to close in.

Gary Player.

Johnny Miller.

Jack Nicklaus.

Severiano Ballesteros, only nineteen.

(crowd applauding)

Everyone enjoying him and waiting for him to vanish from the leaderboard.

I remember watching this "boy".

I watched the way that he did things and it was a little bit unique.

(crowd applauding)

Here was this young guy flashing a ball, playing great recoveries and holing the putts and a great smile and I said: "This is a very special young man."

We all thought, who the devil is this young matador of the links?

Broadcaster: Straight in the middle.

Peter Allies: And of course his story was quite extraordinary.

(crowd applauding)

(soothing piano music)

(rhythmic guitar joins in)

Seve: My love was always playing golf.

Apart from golf, nothing existed for me.


(flute joins in) (men shouting in Spanish)

(men shout louder)



(music fades out)


(man singing a capella)

There's the church, right here.

It's pretty old.

And the school is on the right.

Right here.

There's my school.

The golf course is right here. Here is the sixth hole, down there.

There's bad roads here, eh.

(soft acoustic guitar music)

That's where I lived.

Seve: The house is about 100 years old and it was a quite solid house I think.

My father, he was a farmer.

My father really worked very hard but my mother worked even harder.

She spent all her life for the family.




(cows mooing)

(chicken cackles)



(acoustic guitar music)

(waves crashing)

Seve: There's many ways to play golf.

You can build your own golf course by using your imagination-- wife all.

Seve: Well, because I was not allowed to play or practice on the golf course, I used to play on the beach.

I used to practice seven, eight hours per day.



(sewing machine rattles)


(fade in; applause)

Broadcaster: Severiano Ballesteros, only nineteen coming here this morning, leading a field of world-class golfers.

Never before, in the history of this great championship, had a Spaniard been leading the whole field.

Yes! It's right in the middle of the hole.

He's realty tweaking their noses. What great stuff from this youngster.

Can Ballesteros possibly make it?

He's newborn into world-class golf and some say this very innocence makes him oblivious to pressure.


Seve: First, a' was hitting the bah' ah' over the place and started making double bogies and triple bogies Broadcaster: Oh, oh, oh.

Wife. That's in trouble.

Ballesteros battling to get back into second place but he's got a long, long putt here for an Eagle three.

Right in for an Eagle.

Quite astonishing, this young Spanish player.

Miller actually congratulates him on that monster putt.

No, he wants to get it in two more from here to tie with Nicklaus for second place.

I said he was about the only one that I saw coming along that really impressed me.

He was tremendous around the green. He had a lot of imagination.

Broadcaster: Yes!


Broadcaster: Absolutely marvellous!

Straight in the middle!

What a prospect for the future and what an exciting end to this championship.

That great chip-and-run between the bunkers on eighteen, man, that's a great shot. I was very impressed with that.


Señoras y señores, muchas gracias...

(crowd laughs and applauds)

Broadcaster: He may have made a heart throb among the girls of Southport...

(acoustic guitar music)

(bell rings)

(voice fades out)

Seve: In my mind, I always dreamed and I always visualized myself as becoming a champion.

Broadcaster: Ballesteros is just about to enter Leven's tigerish finish.

It's good. It's got the tail wind.

Oh yes! And the young matador ls absolutely delighted!

Against all the odds he takes the outright lead yer again and can't wait to get to the next hole.

Strong breeze, so it's rather bold...


Broadcaster: He flipped that one up.

He's running, he's jumping, he's hurling.

He really is charged up. This is what it means by having your adrenaline flowing.

He had a great walk about him. His gait.

He just strolled like a champion.


Broadcaster: Well he's over on the right-hand side somewhere.

Looks like he's in the parking lot.

Yes, he's certainly in the car park. He's right up against the cars here.

So where must I drop?

You take the nearest point giving you complete relief, no nearer the hole.

Well it must be over there, right? Wife correct.

Seve: Over the years I've been called the car park champion.


Interviewer: Do you resent that? Do you mind that?

Seve: Golf is not how, it's how many.

Broadcaster: Two putts from here to remain two ahead.

Crowd: Oh! Whoa! Yeah! (applause)

Broadcaster: And he only needs one!

Well, the golfing gods really are with the smiling Spaniard today.

Hale Irwin, who was two shots ahead, out of it now.

But perhaps we are just moments away from Severiano Ballesteros becoming the youngest Open champion of this century.


Broadcaster: He's played it out safely for the front of the green.

(crowd cheering)

Broadcaster: Irwin going through the crowd and surrendering.

Somewhere back in the mass, Ballesteros still battling his way through.

(mild applause)

Broadcaster: And what a finish! What a grandstand finish yet again from the young Spanish wizard.


Broadcaster: Ballesteros is the champion!

Interviewer: Who were the two men who came up and threw their arms around you?

Seve: My brothers. We are all the brothers here.

Please, he hasn't yet recorded. He hasn't yet recorded.

Seve: Having all three of my brothers there with me and supporting me and seeing all of them just running through the green and giving me a big hug- and I saw my brother crying.

They realized that I did something very important.

Broadcaster: Severiano Ballesteros...


(crowd cheering)

Seve: It never crossed my mind to finish second.

Second... no one would remember.

I have to be the champion.


Seve, Seve, Seve...

Seve: I missed school many, many days.

My father and my mother think I go to school, but most of the days I didn't go.

I'd make a little turn to the left.

(acoustic guitar music)

Seve: Playing golf with only one club, you see, a three iron, that really helped me a lot because, you know, I have to hit all kinds of shots with only one club.

I have to putt, I have to drive with the three iron.

That is why I have a very good ability, you know.

If you play with only one club, it makes you think...

(piano jazz music) Broadcaster: April.

Georgia. USA. It's Masters time again.


Paired with Gary Player in this final round is 21 years old today Spanish star Severiano Ballesteros.

Winner of twenty professional tournaments around the globe before he even got the key to the door.

Seve: Gary Player was always my hero.

And I wished already that we were friends.

He is like my father.

He was pulling so hard for me to win and that's a nice feeling.

When I holed that putt he walked across the green with a million people watching and he put his arm around me and he said: "Got it. You reached me to win Masters."

Broadcaster: And here's the pride of Europe, Severiano Ballesteros.

Number seventeen, from about fifteen feet.


Broadcaster: Olé, and all is well with the world!

This for a sixty-eight and a seven stroke lead once again.

And there it is, one more time!

The magic touch of a man, who not many years ago, owned little more than an old three iron and the certainty that some day, he'd become a champion at this game.

And there it is. Comfortably parring number 16 and 17.

And here, triumphantly, number 18, Seve Ballesteros, 23 years and four days old, of Santander, Spain, played one third of the 72 holes under par.

A record, to become both the youngest winner of the Masters and the first from Europe.

Son of a farmer, youngest of four brothers and still living in the house where he was born.

Severiano Ballesteros!


Broadcaster: The 1980 Masters champion!

Olé indeed.

His agent, Ed Barnard told us that he had been at a luncheon and he, the agent, was introduced by the toast-master as the manager of professional golfer Ballerina Sevasteros.

Announcer: The winner of the forty-fourth Masters...

Broadcaster: They butchered his name a week ago, but no longer.

When you win the Masters, they get your name fight.



Hola, mama'. Hola, hijo.

Hula, papa'.


Seve: Because I was the smallest, I used to do ab' the dirty work for everybody.

I remember I used to clean up the shoes on Sunday morning and they used to give me five pesetas.

(piano and string music)




Seve: I started to caddy when I was nine. At the beginning it was very good.

Seve: But I think it's a little boring to carry a golf bag to a very bad golfer.

Because they go left, right, you have to try and find the ball. It's very boring.

But as soon as I started practicing I enjoyed it very much and every time the members didn't see me, I'd hit the ball or make a few swings.



Seve: I played at night when it was dark. Nobody saw me. On the beach.

Maybe the strict rules helped me because I was more anxious and hungry to practice.

And the more difficult the thing, the more you try.


(applause fades in)

Broadcaster: And what a finish! What a grandstand finish yet again!

Are you aware of the noise of the crowd when you concentrate on the last hole of such a tournament?

Seve: No. If your concentration is good, you don't hear anything.

Nothing worries you.

But ff your concentration is not good, even the flies can bother you.

Seve: Golf has always been fun.

The good thing about golf is that when you play golf you always produce one or two shots that really make you feel good and makes you think "Oh, I think I'll come back tomorrow."



(acoustic guitar music reprises)

Interviewer: Were you a well-behaved kid, Seve?

Wife, I'd never get in any trouble. wife.

Well yes... one time I...




(slams door)

(slow string music)



Seve: My father and my mother were away.

There was a bottle of wine.

I drank a few glasses and I went back to school...

(slams door)





Seve: This is the place in my house where I used to practice when I was young.

Because sometimes there's bad weather here.

And I didn't have any other place to practice.

Interviewer: You used to have a net there?

Yes. Now I don't know where it is, but I used to put it up here.

(acoustic guitar music reprises)


Seve: I used to practice at twelve, one o'clock at night.

My mother used to come down many times and say: "Come up and go to sleep.

What are you doing here? You're crazy!"


It was good... a good place to practice.

(people talking)

Seve: I used to wait for the guard and the caddy masters and the guy from the locker room to go by to make sure that everything was clear.

Once they went through... I jumped.

(grunts) (laughs)

(upbeat music reprises)

(applause fades in)

Broadcaster: When you've got it-- you've got it! What a magnificent touch.

(crowd cheers)

(crowd cheers)

(inaudible cheers)


Broadcaster: Ladies and gentlemen, the greatest golfer in the world!

Severiano Ballesteros!

(music fades out)


Father: Vamos a casa, chicas, vamos.


(acoustic guitar music)


When he stepped up to the ball, we knew something exciting was going to happen.


He was so aggressive in his drive.

If there was a green over there at 3-20, he'd hit it 300 yards through the air which was pretty impressive in that era.

Seve: I took more risks than most people, but that is my way.

Nick Faldo: The way he played shots, and the way he swung the club, was beautiful.

Ben Crenshaw: He had one of the most beautiful set-ups I have ever seen.

He had a style all of his own.

He could get it up and down from the trashcan.

From the garage. From the car park. You name it, he can do it.

Ben Crenshaw: But his shod shots were just something to behold.

What a wonderful touch he had with his hands and how creative he was.

He was more like an artist painting on a beautiful canvas around the green.

Seve: It's something that is very hard to describe.

This feeling I have. You feel it and you think about that.

You visualize that and you feel it inside.

And then you do it”.

There's no secret. This is the way it is.

Man: Muy bien.


(cheering fades in)

Certain people in life have this little aura around them.

Sinatra had it. Elvis Presley had it.

Geordie Best had it. And he had it. It just oozed from him.

Everywhere he went, there was just this trail of people.

"Have you seen Seve?"

He was like a film star-- "Have you seen the latest Clint Eastwood movie?"

He had that something about him.

Seve: The only thing that at first made me a bit worried is the attention that was created very quickly from the media and from being a nobody to becoming a superstar in just a few days, you know.

My freedom disappeared.

Especially in the UK.

I was so popular.

Broadcaster: This young Ballesteros has suddenly become the crowd's hero.

Peter Allies: The British public absolutely loved him, his style, his charisma, his looks and everything.

And he loved them.

Guys, if you don't mind please. I know you're nervous but I am too, okay.

(they laugh)

Broadcaster: A little movement in the crowd.

(crowd laughs and claps)

Broadcaster: I think he saw that guy as he popped it back inside there.

When Seve turned around and: "Nope. Not me. No."


Seve: I have to do nearly everything in my room in the hotel.

And that was tough for a young man like me, you know. Very tough.

But that was the price of the success.


(cows moo)

(cow moos)


(cow moos)

(acoustic guitar music reprises)

Broadcaster: There's certainly no holding back over these finishing holes.

He's just lashing at the bail with every ounce of power in his substantial body.

Number two. Par five.


(crowd cheering)

Broadcaster: Well done. Slam bam! Birdie. Eagle.

And suddenly, after being a shot astray, Seve Ballesteros is leading the Masters by two strokes.


Broadcaster: And isn't this just the most unbelievable golf?

And it looks absolutely dead on the pin.

Oh my goodness gracious!

Where does a man get the moxy to hit a shot like that at a moment like this?


Seve: Because the Americans always believed until later on that it was not possible for any European to win the Masters, it makes me feel very happy and very proud.

(crowd cheering)

Broadcaster: I guess it was meant for him to be the champion.

When he went to Augusta, he broke some barriers for us, certainly.

After him winning, it spurred on an incredible European run.

Seve: You're supposed to wear the green jacket only during the Masters.


Broadcaster: Severiano Ballesteros, the 1983 Masters Champion.

I took it home and... don't tell anybody, ifs in my house.

This is a replica, okay? You understand?


(TV noise in the background)

(film music: Finale of the William Tell Overture by Rossini)




Seve: What really gives you the perception of the distance and the feel, is if you swing and you close your eyes.




Seve: You can really know which way the ball goes.

Not only by sound, but also by feel.


Seve: That helps.



Seve: First, you need the ability.

But I think the mental side is very important, too.

You have to be cool. You have to be very powerful.

You have to be convinced that you have a great chance to win.

Seve: You can lose, but it must never cross your mind. Always winning.

It's very important to keep your face down. Don't took around.

Don't ever put your face up. Talk as little as you can.

And just put your eyes with your ball and the hole.

Man: He wouldn't exchange too many pleasantries when he was playing.

Obviously he was out to win.

A great champ is not concerned with anyone else.

Broadcaster: Now Ballesteros-- I'm sure we're going to see a savage smash.

Just look out, ball. You don't know what you're in for...


Broadcaster: I say' "Take that!"

Seve: Mierda!

Broadcaster: He may be slightly cross...

Those cold, black eyes are burning.

(swears in Spanish)

Seve: You never know what is going to happen with me on each hole.


(rhythmic acoustic guitar music)

Broadcaster: We have found Seve's ball, but he really is in a dreadful position.

He's right in the middle of that willow scrub.

Move back, please.

Seve: No, I'm not a very steady player.

Move back, please.

Seve: The people like to see troubled shots in the trees and the bunkers, and see me make bogies, double-bogies, you know.

But I think one day I hit all my drives straight to the fairway The people will have lost a lot of golf probably.

I always say that every time that I go to the rough, many times I can swing the club.

I always believe that there is always a shot somewhere.

(hit) (applause)

Seve: I've always been very hard on myself, even when I fumed professional in my early days.

Seve: When I was having a bad day, I would say to myself:

"Today you didn't do a good job, you didn't play well, so you don't deserve to have dinner." So I went to bed without having dinner.

That's one way to be hard on yourself...

(hit) (Sighs)

Broadcaster: When he was in the doldrums, nobody could have looked sadder.

You wanted to cuddle him and take him home and let Mom make him tea.

Seve: When I play bad, I feel bad not only for myself I feel very bad for the people who've come to watch.

When you start having some kind of failure, that's when you start getting tight and you get worried.

And it's like "I don't want to miss the putt", not "I want to make the putt".

Broadcaster: That's on line-- has it got the legs? Oh no, caramba.

Another Spanish cries.

Sever It's all in the mind.

(rhythmic music)

Rafa: Seve:




Seve: When I have my three iron, this is how I create all these shots.

And all the ideas develop In your imagination when you play.

That's why I am always very sharp and very quick in finding out the way to escape to produce those miracle shots.

(music becomes more rhythmic)



Broadcaster: He still has magic in his hands...







(music builds up)

Broadcaster: In she goes! 65 strokes! Seve is the champion.



(family members toast)

(family chatting)



(soft piano music)


Seve: To have success wherever you play golf or do any other thing, there are two things you need.

You have to work very hard-- that's number one.

And number two, you need a tremendous amount of discipline.

Discipline is the key in life. For many things.


Seve: You have to take care of yourself. You have to sleep eight hours every day.

And practice-- I go to the driving range many times when I don't feel like it.

You know what will be the best thing for me for how I feel at the moment?

I'd like to go to the hotel.

My boy is there and I would like to be there and play with my boy.

But do you know what? Lam going to the driving range.

Because I know that tomorrow is a big day and I wan! to be ready.

That's the profession.



Broadcaster: Touch of class, baby. Touch of class.


Seve: Winning the Open is very difficult.

Winning the Open at Si. Andrews was something very, very special.

Because St. Andrews is the home of golf, and St. Andrews is... is a different type of golf course. It's a piece of art.

Broadcaster: What a situation; Watson with a putt for a birdie at the 13th, Ballesteros with a putt for a birdie at the 14th.

Watson first.

(crowd cheering)

Broadcaster: This would put him in a tie for the lead.

Oh touché! (crowd cheering)

Would you credit it. Two putts. Two birdies. Still tied at 11 under par.

Ballesteros, second and seventeen.


(crowd starting to cheer)

Broadcaster: Whoa whoa whoa, that's a marvellous shot.


Broadcaster: Back on the 17th tee.


Broadcaster: And he sent that off on the perfect line.

Very brave.


Broadcaster: Seve for a three at 17.

It's not tied yet.


Broadcaster: That's the four.

Watson in the ideal spot down the 17th.

Seve's already played the hole, got a 4. So much can happen on the 17th.


(crowd groans)

Broadcaster: Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear...

Well, they did say it wasn't all over yet...

That really was an extraordinary shot from Tom.

Seve's second shot to the final hole.


Broadcaster: The dust flies.

(crowd cheers)

Broadcaster: What a little sweetie!

Seve lining up a short-ish putt.

This is for a 3.

And he's just got his hole!

(crowd is cheering loudly)

Broadcaster: You think he enjoyed that one?

Go on, give him a kiss as well.

That's fantastic stuff'.

This is St. Andrews, '84. The best moment of my career, so I thought that it was a good idea to stamp that forever in my arm.

Just there. Remember, Seve. You're the best.


(applause becomes louder)

Seve: This is for my mother, who has come to the Open for the first time.

She is around here, I don't know... somewhere.

(upbeat mandolin music)

(cries of seagulls)



Interviewer: What are the ambitions you have in life generally, away from golf?

Seve: I don't know... I've been only thinking about golf. That's it.

Interviewer: Do you have a girlfriend? No.

Many. I have many. But no steady one.


He's so golf-orientated that all he does is just play golf, golf, golf...

I think if I was Seve, I'd go out to a few discotheques now and again and have a bit of fun, let yourself go.

Interviewer: A lot of people would say, I'd like to be married and have a family.

Well probably, yeah. Good idea.

He had those wonderful smouldering looks that sent many pulses racing, I tell you.

But he was a canny lad. And he married his childhood sweetheart, Carmen.

She was his golfing pupil.

And they became man and wife and had three children together.

(soft guitar music)




Brian Moore: The story of Severiano Ballesteros is about a young Spaniard from a humble background who has become one of the most controversial golf players and an attraction for so many girls in golf galleries around the world.

But he's most in the news these days through his demands for appearance money when he plays, at a time when golf organizers are seeking to stop this son of payment.

Seve: When you go to the golf course, who are you going to watch?

The best players, isn't it.


The best players bring the TV and give the prestige to the tournament.

And the best players bring the people to watch.

If the sponsors want the best players, they have to pay them. That's it.

Interviewer: But hasn't golf given you a lot else?

Do you know how much I give to golf?

I started when I was nine. And since then...

I live until right now, twenty-three.

This way. All for golf. You think this is not enough?

I think it's enough. Interviewer: Your life.

All my life. And life is more important than anything else, right?

So golf owes me something.

Or maybe we're even-- but I don't owe anything to golf.

(flute music)

(cows moo)

Father: Ho, ho!

(music fades out)



Brother: (Spanish)

(murmuring) (chatting)


All: Seve! Seve!

As we were going out on the last day, Seve said:

"The one with the biggest heart will win,"

I thought, well, you mean you, don't you.

(piano music)


(music becomes more rhythmic)

(acoustic guitar joins in)


Broadcaster: Well, that is pure magic.

Seve: When I walk into the ball and I see the line and I see the shot, it was very difficult if I say, okay, let's play one of those shots that you did when you were young.


Broadcaster: A touch of genius!


Seve: From the background I would have nothing.

Remember, I had no balls. No clubs. No money, nothing.

I used to make bets without having any pennies in my pocket.

I had no choice. I had to win somehow.

So obviously I became a tremendous competitor.

Dave Musgrove: If somebody's playing good, we say: he obviously has no money because he can't afford to lose.

That was Seve's attitude. He had no money. Every week. And he expects to win.

Dave Musgrove: If you caddied for him for a while, you knew he could simply handle anything and anybody.

People thought it was a prestigious position... But it wasn't.

He made us realize that all day and every day.

After he won the Open, the next time I saw him he handed me a list of things I had done wrong.

Dave Musgrove: "Run after the ball!" Over the hill.

When I got there he'd go: "Where have you been?"

He never rested on his laurels.

Maybe because he's the youngest of four, and he always had to prove himself.


Seve: I control my emotions really well.

That always has been my strongest point.

It's part of the game. If you cannot control your emotions, you cannot play.


Seve: I say to myself, this is your tournament.

It may sound wife bit arrogant, but I expect to win.

(all cheer)


Brother: Congratulations, little brother!

Seve: When I play good I have so much fun and so much pleasure that there's no money in the world that can pay that.

(music fades into slow string music)

(festive music fades in)


(crackling) (all cheer)




Rafa: Come on, Seve!





(they laugh)




Seve: My father was always telling me that I would be a good golfer and he always said "keep going, you look great and you have the power.

You'll be great and golf is very easy."

He'd say those things. And that helps.

My mother tried to find me a job A safe job.

Maybe go and work in a factory or maybe study and be a lawyer or something else.

But a safe position, you know.









(light-hearted music fades in)

Broadcaster: On a warm, wind/ass Sunday, four men arrive for one of golf's great finishes.

(they greet each other)

Interviewer: How are you today? Pretty good, it's a beautiful day.

Fan: We're pulling for you, Jack! Oh, thank you.

Fan: You play well! I'll try.

Who do you think might win this Masters? Would you pick a champion?

I don't think you can ever win doing that but Ballesteros will probably win because he is definitely the best player in the world.

Seve: This is one thing that I have. I have it in my heart.


Seve: Coming into the Masters, I didn't have a chance to practice because my father was sick.

Broadcaster: Here it comes!

Seve: I did promise my father. I said:

"I want you to come to the Masters because this year I am going to win it for you."

I never thought he was going to die so early.

He passed away the 5th of March and I went to play the Masters with only nine rounds of competition in six months.

Broadcaster: Seve for an Eagle.

What a moment. What a moment to do it.


I'm standing in the middle of the field on the 15th, and I hit a four onto the green.

(crowd cheering)

Broadcaster: And he's got a chance. He's got a very, very good chance of an Eagle three to make him seven under par.

Yes, Sir! And the old bear is back!

Jack Nicklaus, knowing he must continue the charge.

He has to figure that Ballesteros will make at least Birdie back al fifteen.


Oh my. And there's no doubt about it.

The bear has come out of hibernation.

Obviously, Jack played fantastic down the straights on the last five holes, but I was two shots ahead and I hit a beautiful tee shot on the 15th.


Sever And I have to wait a little bit.

He had the feeling that, until that point, it he really wanted to win something he could dictate: I'm going to win this.

The tournament will be over before the 16th this year.

Interviewer: I don't need to ask how. My way. Of course.

Broadcaster: Right now, it is Seve Ballesteros's Masters to lose.

(suspenseful music)


Broadcaster: That was the worst shot I've seen him hit...

He got it in the water.

He let go of the club. It looks like something happened there.

That's absolutely extraordinary. I don't think We ever seen him hit such a shot.

Jack Nicklaus: He's on the 17th tee and Seve hits it into the water.

And I heard the sound. I knew exactly what it was.

Because it was the sound of not cheering, but some groaning...

I guess that was the destiny for me-- not to win.

Broadcaster: Maybe”.

Yes, Sir!


Seve: It was great, the way Jack Nicklaus played.

But the bitterness that I have inside my body because I didn't win for my father.

(slow acoustic guitar music)

Peter Allies: He was never the same after that Masters.

But being back at Lytham inspired him.

How are you?

The greatest I saw him play

(hit) was that Monday when Pricey and I and Seve went oh'.

Broadcaster: Now this could play in”.


Broadcaster: He can'! see the bottom of the flag, so that's not bad.

Nick Faldo: When you see a guy playing when they're just unbelievable. And that was probably his finest day.

(crowd cheers)

Nick Faldo: That was the day when he was the true Seve.

He pieced together that round and I said to him:

"That was the best round of golf I've ever seen."

Seve and! distanced ourselves from the rest of the field toward the end of the front nine and we played the last eleven holes, and one of us was going to win it.

Peter Allies: If you size up the guys you're playing with and they're fidgety and some guys' eyes are darting all over the place...

(crowd cheers)

Broadcaster: Oh, I say. That was a killer.

Peter Allies: And Seve was just so focused that day.




Broadcaster (chuckles): What a fantastic stroke.

(crowd cheers)


Broadcaster: Five Birdies and an Eagle in seven holes.


(crowd cheers)

Broadcaster: Oh, look at that.

This hole is certainly one Seve will remember all his life.


Broadcaster: What a moment to produce a stroke like that.

Oh I bet his little heart is thumping.


Broadcaster: It looked to be a smooth rhythm.

(crowd groans)

Broadcaster: It's easy to slide the club under the ball and not give it enough.

Seve: I have the picture very clear, so I went back took the sand wedge, took a couple of practice.

Looked... and when I hit it, as soon as I hit it I saw the ball go up in the air and it was perfect.

(crowd cheering)

Broadcaster: In she goes. 65 strokes. Seve is once more the champion.

Nick Price: Most of us have twenty or thirty different ways of shooting 65.

Seve has 1500 ways of shooting 65.

Seve: Well first of all, I'd just like to say that it's a pity I didn't find any cars on the sixteenth fairway this time.

(all laugh)

Unfortunately, you should park your cars next time on the fairway.

I'm becoming a very straight player now.

I must say thanks to all you people because without your support I don't think I'd be champion right now. Thank you.

Announcer: Seve, thank you.

(crowd cheering)

Peter Allies: We thought he's back, but he didn't win another major.

But he was still a huge force for many years to come.

The Ryder Cup was establish in 1927 as a bl-annual match between the British Isles and the USA.

In 1979, the British team was reinforced with the finest golfers from continental Europe.

But up until 1985, the Americans had only lost three times.

Then, things began to change.

Tom Watson: The Ryder Cup was dying and that would be his legacy in taking the Ryder Cup and turning it around for the European team and making it the event it is today.

(acoustic guitar music)

He was Robin Hood. And they were the wealthy sheriffs.

Broadcaster: If you're ever in a jam, here I am.

Ken Brown: And he was going to show the sheriffs how to play.

Broadcaster: Thank you, partner.

They're running out of holes. There's only four more.

It swings quite a way from there-- has it got the pace-- it has... ifs in!


Broadcaster: It's the magic we were waiting for.

Onlooker: Get in! Get in!

Broadcaster: That's the second hole in a row he's won.

Two Birdies...

Ballesteros's brilliance needed here...

And he's done it!

A Birdie four, and he's leveled the march.

Magic! Tremendous form!

Ballesteros and Kite, a wonderful exhibition of straight playing and sportsmanship.

These super professionals.

It would be rather splendid if Thomas could just roll this right in to win the Ryder Cup.

(crowd cheering)


I feel like I just won another British Open.

I feel even better because I saw all the people out there. This is fantastic.

Seve: That Ryder Cup was really very special for everybody because we beat the Americans.

(crowd singing "For he's a Jolly Good Fellow")

(all cheering)

Broadcaster: When Seve teamed up with Olazabal, they turned things Europe's way. They were a very special partnership.

They had complete trust in one another's game and became virtually unbeatable.

Announcer: From Spain, José Maria Olazabal.

Olazabal: In '87, when I was paired with Severiano Ballesteros obviously I was very nervous, rocky. It was my first Ryder Cup.

I was walking towards the tee, and Seve came, stood by my side; he looked at me and said: "Jose, you just play your game, I will take care of the rest."

And yes he did-- he did take care of the rest.

Those Ryder Cup partnerships-- I don't think there's been any finer.

Seve: We understand each other without talking. Just by looking.

And that's the reason why we've been so successful in the Ryder Cup.

Broadcaster: A smart idea of Captain Anthony Jacklin to pair the older Spanish golfer with the younger Spanish golfer.

That's a good pairing. I wouldn't break that team up.

José just needs to get this out on the green.

(crowd cheers)

We only needed two putts on the 18th green to tie the hole and win the match.

Broadcaster: It looks okay... now just a minute!

Seve: I look at the ball and I don't believe it.

"Oh shit, that was really fast. I can? believe it."

Olazabal: My god-- that's not the putt I wanted to have.

Broadcaster: The thing he did not want to do, is leave his young countryman here for the first time on this level, with this putt to win the match.

Now this kid has to make it, or they lose the hole and only have the match and they were three up for most of the day.

Olazabal: He knew he put me in a tough spot.

Broadcaster: Okay. It's settled. And they hang on to win the match. Another point.

Olazabal: Once I made the putt, I came back to him and I said:

"don't you ever do that again to me,"

Broadcaster: And there it was.

Let history show that that was it, to put them at fourteen ahead.

Ballesteros has had an incredible week here.

And the emotion is just building here for these Europeans.

Seve: It was one of those moments that give you faith for the rest of the day.



Broadcaster: That's coming back on the wind. Does he like it?

Oh, I bet he does!

He was beginning to grin. He couldn't quite hide the grin.

On, I say...


Crowd: Ohh!

Broadcaster: That started left.

(broadcasters laugh) (crowd cheers)

Broadcasters: An almost embarrassment of riches.

Olazabal: You might think you are competitive, but when you play with Seve and you see how he thinks and drives on the course...

Broadcaster: Oh yeah, all the way.

Olazabal: You realize that he is at another level.

He quickly got a reputation, match-play wise, he didn't give an inch; he was as rough as nails.

Seve: You're switching the compression on the team?

No. Yes, you did.

Tony Jacklin: Being tough is part of being a great player.

And there was nobody tougher than Seve.

Seve: I don't know-- we saw two balls.

He played two different balls.

Seve: There's no better feeling or better taste than to be the best.

You always want to be the best.

Announcer: Now please welcome Severiano Ballesteros.

The captain of the European team.

Seve: To finalize my contribution and my record in the Ryder Cup, I fell that I needed to be the captain. I thought It was my obligation.

Broadcaster: Carmen leading the cheers.

It is a great honour for me to welcome you to Valderrama today, to the thirty-second Ryder Cup matches.

(crowd cheering)

Golfer: In the beginning Seve was great.

"I don't want to put any pressure on you, I want you to relax. No pressure at all."

Skip to Saturday night: "We have to win!

We have to try hard.

Don't hit it in the bunker. Don't three putt. Don't hit into the trees on 16!

Seve was off the charts when he was captain.

Was he a good captain? Seve got the result.

I'll leave it like that.

Golfer: Monty asked me: "Am I playing?" I said: "Don't ask me, ask your captain."

I had to tel! all the guys: "Go and ask him straight: am I playing or not?"

Seve: Because of the rules, I had to leave four guys out.

Interviewer: Was it difficult to tell them?

Wife. they... I haven't talked to them.

Colin M.: He wanted to play Langer's, Faldo's, mine, everybody shot.

Then he came up to me and he told me how to do it and what to do.

I had to be quite rude at one stage, I said: "I'm sorry, Seve. I'm okay."

Golfer: Colin Montgomerie said he wished he'd just get on his buggy and go away.

Olazabal: He was trying 100 percent, never gave up, and he takes that everywhere.

On as well as off the golf course.

I said: "Captain, that's it."

(crowd cheering)

Broadcaster: Montgomerie gets the nod and it's victory for Seve's stars and Southern Spain.

Somewhere in there is Severiano Ballesteros.

And Seve, this week, has been master of the game.

Interviewer: Fabulous moment. Proudest moment of your career?

I think so. I've won many great tournaments around the world, I've won five majors, five world matches, six orders of merit and all that. But this is very special.

He was tremendously influential and a pain in the neck to some, but all in all he was a giant, and for a some years he ruled the roost and inspired Europeans all over.

(crowd cheering)

Broadcaster: If I wanted a cup right now, it's Seve's.

(slow piano music)

Seve: Golf, it can really make you feel like you are like God one day.

And the next day it makes you feel miserable.

Lately I have to say that things have been very rough and very difficult for me.

I miss my family.

The life is not as easy as many people may think.

Interviewer: Did you think: "What more can I do?

Surely it's time for me to retire now?"

Retire? Never.

Interviewer: Never retire? The white flag up? Never.

It would be a surrender, wouldn't it? Yes. Never.

Seve: I still produce better shots than anybody else there.

Chip. Bunker shot. Under the trees. Whatever.

And I think I can produce, now and then, good golf.


Interviewer: That's enough?

Seve: I don't need to prove that I'm Severiano Ballesteros and I can still beat those youngsters. No.

Nobody told me when to start playing golf Why should anyone tell me when to retire?

(onlookers applaud)

When I die.

Retire? Never.

Peter Allies: His bad back was the biggest problem.

It was really sad to see the decline of his once brilliant game.

I really thought he would go on forever. I thought he was indestructible.

Seve: It was an internal fight.

It was difficult for quite a while.

So that really made me think, very deeply.

The real question is: Either you continue, or you stop playing.

And I've made probably the most difficult decision of my career as a player.

And I decided to retire.

(soft piano music)


Seve: To say that I'm not going to play golf anymore...

is like taking a piece of your heart and putting it away.

I'm okay, I'm okay”.

There's still some kind sadness there because it's not easy to accept you are retired from something you have done for thirty-three years.

(crowd cheering)

Seve: It's... not easy.

(crowd cheering)

Broadcaster: Seve did his little boxing routine at the end which I'm sure well see time and time again. And wasn't it all worthwhile.

I've been lucky to have three opportunities to get a chance to pick his brains and spend time with him, just chipping.

I learned so much in short time.

How to play shots. It was phenomenal.

Broadcaster: He pitched it just short of the green and he looks to have got the pace to perfection.

I couldn't pull it off, but he always did.


I think all of us golfers are going to miss him.

Seve: Everything starts and everything has to finish.

(soft acoustic guitar music)

Severiano Ballesteros is in a stable condition after a brain tumor operation.

The golfing legend was diagnosed with a tumor last week after collapsing in Madrid.

Doctors operated straight away because of the serious situation.

Seve: I didn't want to feel any panic or show my emotions to them because you don't win anything by doing that so the best thing is to just be prepared and to be relaxed and show a good, optimistic position.

Life is like a sport. You have to fight every day for things.

Fight all the way. The key is to just never give up.

And this is what I would call destiny.

One test that God is putting on me.

And I am winning. I'm going to hole the 18th putt at St. Andrews.


With great pleasure we welcome live from his home in Pedrena, Spain, Severiano Ballesteros.

(applause) (orchestral show music)

(music fades out)

It is an immense pleasure for me to present you with this award.

The Lifetime Achievement Award.

And for this, I think we should stand up. Yes.

Congratulations, my friend. Thank you.

From a great champion like you are. Thank you.

(applause fades in)

Thank you to you all.

(soft piano music)

I don't want to see you people feel sorry for me.

I've been the luckiest person in the world.

I've had so much luck and I've had so much fun for so many years that this thing that just happened to me is just a very little thing compared to other people who have tougher times.

And they don't have the opportunity to live a life so intense and as good as I did.

So, thank you very much.

And I love you all from my heart. Thank you.

Newsreader: The former world number one golfer, Seve Ballesteros, has died.

He lost his three-year battle with a brain tumor at his home in northern Spain this morning.

(soft acoustic guitar music)

He was just a kid... in his village.


(some onlookers cheer)

Broadcaster: Right in the heart of the hole. A five Birdie finish for lan Poulter and he's given hope to the European side that looked totally lost.

United States, ten. Europe, six.

Ian Poulter: We've got a chance. If we can do anything to get our hands on this trophy and Seve's looking down on us, then you gotta do what you gotta do.

Broadcaster: And this is quite a shot. Go in! Go in!

That a boy, Paul! How about that shot!


Broadcaster: Brilliant. Brilliant.


Broadcaster: Fantastic, Rory!

What a shot by lan Poulter, our the trees at eighteen.

(crowd cheering)

Broadcaster: He's got it. This could happen here.

I've just glanced down and had a look at my left sleeve and that's the kind of stuff he would have done today.

Broadcaster: Thirteen hole.

Europe have to find a full point.

(applause fades in)

Broadcaster: Our fate now is in the hands of Kaymer.

A putt to win or lose the Ryder Cup...

(crowd cheers)

Broadcaster: Unbelievable. It's Europe's Ryder Cup.

Seve must have enjoyed that.

Justin Rose: We've got Seve on the arm and on the back I know he's up there, but... he'd be the proudest man in the world right now.

Olazabal: I have a few thoughts for my friend, Seve and this one is for him.

(slow string music)

(people distantly chanting) Seve! Seve! Seve!

I'm pretty sure he's very happy where he is today.


(chanting fades out) Seve! Seve! Seve!

(string music continues)


(waves crashing)

(rhythmic flute and guitar music)