Seve pursues his own prize : GOLF

GOLF

Seve Ballesteros, playing with the zest of his younger days, says he "will not feel guilty" if he wins his own money at the Canary Islands Open in Gran Canaria this week. This European Tour event is being promoted by the Spaniard's own company, Amen Corner, and Ballesteros, three shots ahead after shooting 68 and 69 in his first two rounds for a seven-under- par aggregate of 137, can hardly stop smiling.

The first prize is £41,660 and Ballesteros says with the straightest of faces: "It would be very nice to win my own money."

His only complaint after his second-round 69 was the colour of the greens. They have been sprayed reddish-purple by greenkeeping staff and Ballesteros, showing his improving knowledge of English terms, says: "It makes me see red when I look at the greens.

"When they paint the greens it is very nice for TV but not for players. It is sometimes difficult to read greens when they are green, but now they are red you often have to guess what will happen."

Ballesteros had no complaints about the large, excited gallery who tended to be noisy when he was about to play a shot. "I do not mind the crowd," he said. "I have dealt with this sort of thing since 1976."

For all his supposed putting problems, Ballesteros still managed to take single putts four times, snapped up five birdies and dropped only two shots: one at the eighth where he missed a seven-foot putt and another at the 12th where he took four to reach the green.

Ballesteros leads Paul Eales by three shots. He is another shot ahead of Gary Emerson, the Irishman Darren Clarke and the Swede Anders Forsbrand.

Eales, the joint first-round leader with Ballesteros, Philip Walton and Gary Orr, shot a second-round 72 with two birdies and one double-bogey intermingled with 15 pars.

"I hit the ball really well," said Eales, who is based at Royal Lytham and St Annes. "But I had real problems on the greens. I could never really tell the line or pace but managed to get round without three-putting so I was very pleased."

Eales will play with Ballesteros today and says: "It's a fantastic opportunity to learn from one of the all-time greats and I do not think I will be nervous."

His only bad hole came at the 231-yard eighth where he went through the green into a sandy waste with a four-wood, made a mess of his first chip back, chipped again then missed a three-foot putt to take five.

Orr quickly fell away and shot a three-over-par 75 but Walton had an even sadder tale. The 32-year-old Irishman was only one shot behind Ballesteros at six under par after seven holes.

But successive bogeys at the eighth and ninth, then successive double- bogeys at the 11th and 12th ruined his card and he finished with a 76, back at level par.

CANARY ISLANDS OPEN (Gran Canaria) Leading second-round scores (GB or Irl unless stated): 137 S Ballesteros (Sp) 68 69. 140 P Eales 68 72. 141 G Emerson 69 72; D Clarke 72 69; A Forsbrand (Swe) 72 69. 142 P Price 73 69; S Struver (Ger) 70 72. 143 C O'Connor Jnr 74 69; G Brand Jnr 71 72; S Luna (Sp) 72 71; G Orr 68 75; D Cooper 74 69; R Boxall 73 70. 144 D Smyth 75 69; P Linhart (Sp) 76 68; *O Sanchez (Sp) 71 73; J Arruti (Sp) 76 68; J Robson 72 72; B Marchbank 76 68; A Sorensen (Den) 72 72; S Tinning (Den) 72 72; R Karlsson (Swe) 69 75; J Spence 69 75; P Walton 68 76.

*denotes amateur

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Tradewind Recruitment: KS2 Teacher

Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: My client is a two form entry primary schoo...

Tradewind Recruitment: English Teacher

Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: My client is an excellent, large partially ...

Tradewind Recruitment: Science Teacher

£90 - £140 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: I am currently working in partnersh...

Tradewind Recruitment: Year 3 Primary Teacher

£100 - £150 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: Year 3 Teacher Birmingham Jan 2015...

Day In a Page

Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee