Why Europe’s Top Golfers Should be Shamed by their Seve Trophy Snub

Few people who witnessed it will forget the amazing scenes at Medinah in the 2012 Ryder Cup when Team Europe overturned a 10-6 deficit on the final day to record an amazing and unlikely victory. So many players in the team said that they channelled inspiration from the late, great Seve Ballesteros, who’s unmistakable figure adorned their bags.


Nor will anyone forget team captain Jose Maria Olazabal’s emotional speech after victory was confirmed when the Spaniard broke down in tears dedicating the incredible victory to his late friend.


Yet barely 12-months later, the event that carries his name saw a team of European golfers take on a team from UK and Ireland last month to compete for the Seve Trophy in less than auspicious circumstances.




Unfortunately, we can’t say that a team of the ‘best’ golfers from Europe and the UK and Ireland contested the trophy. That was because out of the dozen men on the successful Ryder Cup team 12 months previously, only three (plus captain Jose Maria Olazabal who once again led the European team) out of the 11 who were fit and qualified to play in the event, chose to do so.


Players like Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer from Europe chose not to play and Swede Peter Hanson was forced to withdraw from the team due to injury. The UK & Ireland team was decimated due to the refusal to play by the likes of Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowall and Luke Donald.


Only Paul Lawrie, Nicolas Colsaerts (below) and Eduardo Molinari from the successful 2012 Ryder Cup team were in the field for the 2013 Seve Trophy.




In the end, the European team won the event for the second time, winning a tight contest 15-13 but in terms of an event befitting the name of one of the finest golfers of a generation; it certainly lacked sparkle and appeal.

It is not just the golfers who chose not to play who were at fault: The fact that the money won on the event is not included in the Race to Dubai standings is a disincentive to players. Also the prize fund of  is somewhat paltry compared to the riches on offer at other tournaments in the year.


The event also clashes with the Presidents Cup, a fixture between the United States and the Rest of the World, which certainly garners more press interest and which attracts the top players from both geographic locations.


Why could that be?

In contrast to the Seve Trophy, America’s President’s Cup team featured 10 of the 12 Ryder Cup stars of 2012, Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson missing out as they did not qualify for the team (whereas Bill Haas did and the brilliant Rookie Jordan Spieth (below) earned a captains pick).



So why is the President’s Cup so better supported by American and Rest of the World stars? It must be the bigger prize money on offer, right?

Well no, because there is absolutely no prize money on offer at all for the event. Players are playing for their representative team, whether that is Team USA or the Rest of the World.


It must be that the President’s Cup has a long, illustrious history, like the Ryder Cup then?

Well no, the first President’s Cup took place in 1994, only six years before the first Seve Trophy was contested in 2000.


So is the President’s Cup a much more keenly contested competition?

Not really, Team USA has won eight of the ten contests, with one tie and one win for the International team.  Of the eight Seve Trophy’s contested, GB and Ireland has won six, with Europe winning two.


So with all that in mind, how can you explain that in the same week that 24 of the top American or Rest of the World players will willingly travel around the world to represent their team, a select group of top European golfers couldn’t be bothered representing their team at a venue within a couple of hours flight time from most of Europe, while being paid for the privilege?  Instead opting to ‘prepare’ for the last few weeks of the season?


Of course, top golfers do have a horrific schedule of events. Rory McIlroy played in 20 tournaments prior to the Seve Trophy. That means he only had one weekend in two completely free on average. Other top golfers have similar schedules to help them target the majors (or big money) events.


Strangely enough, no American players or Rest of the World team players had similar scheduling conflicts. Even Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker, who play less golf than most, managed to find time to represent the United States.

Jordan Spieth played in 23 events in his rookie season and he still found time to represent America. Some of the lesser names who represented both teams in the Seve Cup will also have had far busier schedules than any of the big names who chose to ignore the event.


Players will also argue that seeing as they are based in America and play more on the PGA Tour, this is an awkward event to get to. Strangely though, the big money events in Turkey, China and here in Europe throughout the season seem to motivate them enough to stump up the air fare and fly over.


Unfortunately, here’s the issue as I see it. The Seve Trophy isn’t a big issue because top golfers choose to ignore it. As a result, because the top European golfers choose to ignore it, it isn’t a big issue – A classic Catch-22 situation.



So it sticks in the craw somewhat now to see the same golfers claiming how much they loved Seve and appreciated his talent and the impact he had on the modern game and how he inspired their great win at Medinah, when barely a year later, they were too ‘busy’ to play in the tournament that bears his name.


It is also disappointing to see a UK and Ireland team devoid of its best talent. Mitigating pleas of scheduling, tiredness, a lack of time are not really a good enough excuse. It just makes these players look somewhat mercenary.

I think the people and golfers of Europe, UK and Ireland, and more to the point Seve himself, deserved a bit better than that.


The Seve Trophy has the potential to be a real highlight of the golfing calendar and it should be viewed as an honour and not an inconvenience to represent your team as well as a chance to celebrate the memory of one of the world’s most iconic and important golfers.

Otherwise all the comments about how much Seve meant to you and how much he inspires you, all just seem somewhat hollow in retrospect.


Images taken from Gorilla Golf Stock – Nicolas Colsaerts Facebook Page, Jordan Spieth Facebook Page, Seve Trophy European Tour



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