Prayers for Seve

By Brian HewittOctober 17, 2008, 4:00 pm
The Comebacker this week is all about the great Spaniard, Severiano Ballesteros, and his battle with a brain tumor that has him in stable but guarded condition in a Madrid hospital.
The response has been overwhelming.
Without further ado:
Jim writes: As an amateur golfer given the gift of a beautiful natural swing of my own, I could have worked my life away trying to emulate the swings of golf greats from all time to improve my game. But there was only one spirit of a man that I would ever want to follow as a golfer; that would be Seve. I will draw strength from watching him battle his new adversity.
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Whether Ballesteros passes on tomorrow or 30 years from now, that spirit will live on.

Adele writes: I have only recently taken up the game of golf. My almost 27 years of marriage to a golf nut; subsequent birth of two sons, now 23 and 26, both crazed golfers, has exposed me to loads of golf talk, recounted golf rounds, and hours of golf on TV. I know about Seve Ballesteros from the men in my family, and now I know something more about him from you. I would like him to know that as a Christian, my first priority will be to pray for his doctors, their wisdom and skill, and for him, and his knowledge of our great Healer, Jesus. I will pray for his family and their support, and for his many fans and their prayers and faith. May God bless you, Mr. Ballesteros, and may His love and grace shine on you brightly.
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Amen to that.

Albert writes: Jack, Tiger and Arnie (are) all great golfers, but at the end of the day the dynamic, dashing Spaniard named Seve entertained us in a way we may never see again.
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Palmer and Ballesteros, in their primes, were the only two players I would ever choose to describe as dashing.

Cole writes: I ask that all golfers do as our foursome did yesterday before we teed off. We raised our drivers as sabers and touched them, in honor and prayer for Seve, our Spanish Warrior. We ask that all golfers worldwide do this! Imagine the power we'll send Seve.'
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Consider them raised.

Jan writes: I have seen Seve playing and being Ryder Cup captain, sometimes far from smooth and in deep trouble on the course and around. One thing: He always gave it all and never backed off. Seve Ballesteros came to win. He will win this one. Cheers, Seve'
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Would loved to have seen Ballesteros and Woods going head-to-head at the peak of their games.

Sharon writes: Dear Mr. Ballesteros: Youre in my thoughts and prayers. (Fourteen) years ago I had a brain tumor, hemangeoblastoma on my cerebellum. I didn't play golf before my brain surgery, but a month after surgery I just had this desire to learn. My husband was so happy about this; we play a lot of golf together. God's going to take care of you. Please let me know how everything goes.'
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The golf world waits.

Jeff writes: Seve Ballesteros, you are a fierce competitor and I expect you to win this most important battle just as you did on the golf course in your heyday. He is the original master of the short game, a master of the moment, multiple major champion and his Ryder Cup match play gamesmanship and play will always be remembered. And most importantly he is a gentleman. Easily one of golfs all time greats! Get well, my friend. Seve, you are in our prayers! Long live Seve!
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To be sure, Ballesteros was born to play Ryder Cup golf.

Dan writes: I'm a retired FBI Agent. A seizure caused me to retire in 2002. A CAT scan and MRI disclosed that I had two brain tumors. The four days before they could be diagnosed were by far the most emotionally and fearfully difficult days of/in my life. Both, thank God, were diagnosed as benign. One was removed; the other was not, due to it's location in my brain. I wish Ballesteros the best and if you could pass on this little bit of encouragement to him, I would appreciate it.
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As I said, the response has been overwhelming.

Mark writes: I had the great opportunity to watch Mr. Ballesteros at the 1995 Ryder Cup at Oak Hill. Seve had driven his ball into the right rough on the very difficult par-4 fifth. To hit his second to the green from approximately 165 yards away, he would have to hit over a pond and over a very large tree that guards the dog-leg. I was about 20 yards away assessing the shot and figured that Seve would have to chip back to the fairway and hit his third to the green. I could not see the ball in the rough. Seve, then proceeded to hit a 9-iron or wedge over the tree and onto the green, and I stood there with my mouth open. One of the best shots I have ever seen. He walked to the green with a very confident gait expecting to hole the putt'
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With Ballesteros, I have no trouble picturing that story in my mind.

Jackson writes: Seve could make the wedge sing.'
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Short, but sweet.

Micheal writes: Yes, I am saddened by this news of Seve. I have admired him and his wonderful game for years even as he and his team beat the USA in the Ryder Cup. Who could forget his great shot making and his Masters wins.'
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Even his Masters defeats were memorable. Who can forget the ball he rinsed on the back nine that fueled Jack Nicklaus stirring comeback at Augusta National in 1986?

Gary writes: I am English and now live here in Orlando, but the first golf event I attended was the Bob Hope Classic at Moor Park, England. The major reason I attended was to watch both Greg Norman and Seve. After that day it was Seve who got me interested in golf. He seemed to make golf cool for everyone that wanted to play and had never had any real reason to do so. What a great player, man and entertainer. Seve made the Ryder Cup what it is today; lets hope we see him at the next and many more Ryder Cups for years to come'
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We can hope.

Ken writes: What a scary announcement about one of the greats to ever play our fine game of golf. Seve was one of the best shot makers the game has ever seen and I really enjoyed watching him make par or birdie from everywhere, but the fairway. He was also one of the fiercest competitors to ever lace up a pair of golf shoes. My prayers are with Seve and his family.'
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Amen, again.

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