There’s a story that comes from Billy Foster, Seve Ballesteros’ one-time caddy. Once on the golf course at Wentworth Seve knocked his approach shot through the back of a green. This left him with a seemingly impossible lie to recover from.
Seve had no green to work with because the flag stick was also positioned in the back. With this challenge at hand Billy turned to Seve and asked him “What do you think?” Seve answered “No problem, I will hit the flag.”.
Billy thought this would be a very risky play because hitting the flagstick could deflect the ball anywhere – if Seve managed to hit it at all. To his amazement Seve popped the ball up into the air and hit the actual cloth of the flag. The ball fell down and landed a few inches from the hole.
This little story captures the essence of what made Seve one of the most famous players of his era and why his imagination, bold plays and resulting successes changed the game of golf forever.