Film review: Seve

Some sportsmen and women are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them. Spanish golfer Severiano Ballesteros became one of his sport’s greats after years of tireless practice in the village of Pedrena in northern Spain.

While other children studied hard, young Seve spent countless hours on the beach close to his home, practicing chips and puts with a home-made club, fashioned out of the head of a broken 3-iron strapped to a stick.

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Armed with raw talent, 19-year-old Seve burst onto the international scene in 1976 when he finished in joint second place with Jack Nicklaus at The Open Championship.

For the next two decades, Ballesteros amassed a heaving mantelpiece of trophies including a record 50 European Tour titles and was also instrumental in establishing Europe as a dominant force in the Ryder Cup, partnering Jose Maria Olazabal to glory on countless occasions.

Documentary filmmaker John-Paul Davidson pays tribute to this remarkable sporting statesman, who died of brain cancer in 2011, with a film that intercuts archive footage with dramatisations of Ballesteros’ formative years in sun-drenched Pedrena.