“Seve had magic in his hands. His bunker shots cannot be described in any other way. I remember the British Open at Royal Lytham Saint Annes where it is said that there are as many bunkers as days in the year. A four day competition, 72 holes, and on every occasion his ball found a bunker he always got it -up and down-. This is something to be seen to believe”.
“The Cirque du Soleil is the greatest show I’ve ever seen. It’s passion, artistry, skill, it’s drama. That was Seve. You had to stand back and admire it. I was a fan and so fortunate I had a front-row seat”.
“It has been an honour to play with Seve and an honour to play under him as a Captain. There are very few legends in the world, Seve is one of them. I never saw such a talent to swing a golf club, and we may never see it again”.
“What impressed most in Seve was his strength, his fighting spirit and the passion he put into everything he did. The best tribute we can pay to Seve is to go on playing for him, although no tribute will ever do justice to everything he did for golf and to everything he gave us. My first memory of Seve goes back to 1983 or 1984. I was an amateur, and he called me to play in a charity event. It was a big surprise and I was very excited. It’s hard to choose one of the many moments that I lived with him, but surely the most cherished are Ryder Cup moments, particular the 1987 edition”.
“Seve was the guy I wanted to play a practice round with the most. When I played my first PGA Tour event in San Diego in 1988, Ernie Gonzales arranged a practice round with him. From that day on, he couldn’t have been nicer to me. We had a great round of golf. He showed me a few things, showed me a few shots. He’s certainly had an impact on the game. But to me the greatest thing about Seve was his flair and charisma. Because of the way he played the game of golf, you were drawn to him. You wanted to go watch him play”.
“Seve worked very hard. I do not know if there has been any other player who has been more regular in his training… He was tireless, he came here and hit balls from dawn to dusk. We played the course many times and though we just played for a tee, a ball or a glove, he had the same determination as in a Major. Playing with him demanded great concentration, we hardly ever spoke during the round, we just played golf. We played together in the Spanish Open in Barcelona and it was a unique experience that I will never forget. Seve has been the greatest. He had an imagination which made him the best. I could not stop watching him to learn from him”.
“A great athtlete and someone who has been an example of hard work, fighting spirit and a Spanish banner in sport all over the world. He was one of the first to brake down barriers for those of us who came later. It is never late when it is true and for someone like him. Thanks Seve for everything.”