Although in 1984 he was already a golf star with three major titles to his name, the most important moment in the career of Severiano Ballesteros it was marked by his triumph in the cradle of golf. At that time he achieved his second Jar of Claret and left his imprinted seal at the right time and in the most important place. «There is no doubt that there was a special magnetism on that last day and he was convinced that he was going to hole that winning putt» he recalls David Cannonthe photographer who captured the most famous snapshot of the Cantabrian.
“Seve was always my sporting idol, we started our careers in the world of golf a year apart and I maintained a very close relationship with him and his family. By the time I started shooting the camera on the 18th hole, I already knew that if there were no problems, I was going to get the shot of my life.” He achieved it, of course, just as the one from Pedreña made history for Spanish golf.
The four Spaniards who from today will be present in this Scottish ‘links’ will try to cling to its wake. The one with the most options is John Rahm, number three in the world, who is especially motivated to try to beat the marks of his admired sports reference. «I have always said that as a European the tournament I most want to win is the ‘British’; and if it is in St. Andrews there is an even greater extra of motivation, ”announces the Basque.
They are the ones who have participated in the 150 editions of the British Open. The first was Ángel de la Torre, in 1920.
As far as seniority is concerned, Sergio García He is the one who has kicked the course the most times, as this will be the fifth time that he disputes a great between its ropes. “For me it is a very fun championship and I always try to enjoy it to the fullest,” says the man from Castellón, who this year is a little covered in betting due to his disagreements with the PGA Tour and his commitment to LIV Golf. On the opposite side, Adri Arnaus will play the Old Course for the first time with a specific Open preparation. “I remembered it very differently from when I played it as an amateur and from the times we’ve come to play the Dunhill with the European Tour,” he says. For the Catalan, the main variation is that the fairways are “very fast and the greens are very hard, which, together with the strong wind that we will have, will make it difficult to make few shots. But I feel good after playing a good tournament last week and I hope to do well.”
The fourth man in the running Pablo Larrazabal, It is the one with the best record in the season. He is the only one who has won twice (South Africa and Catalonia) and he already played here in 2015, when he beat Zach Johnson. This type of classic course, short and tricky, is the one that best suits his qualities.
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