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Seve: The People's Champion

seve bookCelebrating the life of Seve Ballesteros Sota, this publication is supported by the Seve Ballesteros Foundation. As a leading candidate for the most popular, charismatic golfer to ever play at the highest level, Seve is also among the game’s most-skilled!

Seve: The People’s Champion shares the Spanish maestro’s key life developments, both in written and pictorial form. He had an unquenchable love of sports, yet it was caddying that dominated his formative years—all the while honing his playing skills and dreaming of becoming a world champion golfer.

Seve turned professional at age sixteen bereft of an amateur pedigree, joining the pay-for-play ranks with a burning desire to win. His colossal impact on the European Tour is explored, as is the obsessional path Seve adopted in becoming the world’s top-ranked golfer.

Learn how Seve coped with compulsory Spanish military training, a chronic back condition and travelling to continents on a mission of collecting golf titles. Like many famous sportspeople, Seve’s trajectory to the top was not plain sailing. Tales of Seve’s audacious shotmaking, trick-shot artistry and legendary powers of recovery from any part of the golf course will only enhance fond memories of his uncommon genius.

Seve’s play in the major championships receives broad coverage, as does his inspirational play in the Ryder Cup competition between the USA and Europe. Seve’s level of pride in the fiery biennial environment set a new benchmark, while the partnership with José María Olazábal in fourball and foursomes matches produced a win/loss ratio that has never been approached. To some, Seve was the Ryder Cup!

Seve lived an action-packed life, reflected by the book’s coverage of his tournaments, golf exhibitions, golf course design work, the Seve Trophy and his own Foundation. And much more.

Seve: The People’s Champion references his life in retirement, from 2007, which cruelly wasn’t long enough to fulfill various aspirations. As Billy Foster, one of Seve’s favourite caddies, declares: ‘There will never be another Seve!’

Book and ordering details

  • Extent: 320 pages, approximately 100,000 words and 280 photographs
  • Format: Leatherbound (A4) limited edition, with certificate (1,000 copies only)
  • Release date: 15 January 2022
  • Price (within Australia): $240 – postage inclusive
  • Price (outside Australia): $290 – postage inclusive

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