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One of the late Seve Ballesteros’ children has hit out at the DP World Tour following the circuit’s decision to bring back the Seve Trophy minus the golf legend’s name.

Javier Ballesteros, himself a professional golfer, took to Twitter to release a statement about the Hero Cup, announced by the tour yesterday.

The event, set to take place in Abu Dhabi in January, will see the best golfers from Great Britain & Ireland take on their continental European counterparts in a matchplay contest, designed to serve as a warm-up for next September’s Ryder Cup.

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This mimics the format of the Seve Trophy – named after five-time major champ and European Tour stalwart Ballesteros – which was staged between 2000 and 2013.

Many observers wondered why the DP World Tour had chosen not to include the Spaniard’s name in the event’s revival.

Now, Seve’s son has provided the answer – and it doesn’t reflect well on the embattled circuit.

In a statement, Javier wrote: “Last October, an ET player came to me to say that European Tour was thinking about bringing Seve Trophy back (I was very happy to hear this).

“I heard nothing more about it until only one day before the announcement was made, when ET contacted me to let me know there was a ‘new’ match play event – being an exact copy of The Seve Trophy – and wanted my Dad ‘to be involved in some way’.

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“We obviously said NO. We don’t want anything out of this, but only The Seve Trophy back, not a copy of it.

“We believe our Dad deserves something better from The European Tour, given the unconditional support he always gave to The European Tour and the legacy he left behind.”

This is yet more bad PR for the tour, which is currently preparing for a legal battle against some of its own members over the LIV Golf Series.


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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