Seve Ballesteros’ son isn’t happy with the DP World Tour’s turnaround. The DP World Tour created a tournament called the Hero Trophy to ‘replace’ the Seven Trophy. From 2000 to 2013, the Seve Cup was held after Ballesteros’ death.
Ballesteros captained the European team 4 times and left a huge mark. That is why the seven cup tournament was held in his honor. The leaders of the DP World Tour had an interesting proposal for the boy, but he absolutely refused.
“I hadn’t heard anything about it until the day before the announcement, when ET contacted me to let me know there was a “new” matchmaking event – since it was an actual copy of the Save Trophy – and my dad wanted to be involved in some way.
We clearly said no. We don’t want anything from this, but it’s just a save trophy, not a copy of it. We believe that our father deserves better than the European Tour, considering the unstinting support he always gave to the European Tour and the legacy he left behind.
– Ballestero’s son as quoted by skysports.
CEO of DP World at the competition
DP World Tour Deputy CEO Guy Kinnings emphasized how much respect he and the DP World Tour have for Ballesteros and all that he has done for golf and racing.
The final arrangements have been quickly put together to enable us to organize a team event in early 2023. I personally met with the Ballesteros family prior to the announcement and we intend to discuss further with them.
We honor Sevin’s legacy in many ways. The name adorns one of our main meeting rooms at Wentworth HQ, we renamed our players’ player award to the Seve Ballesteros Award in 2017 and I remember the last thing our players saw before they performed at the 2018 Ryder Cup in France. A save-rider cap bag with the phrase ‘This is what you’re here for’ is written across it as he leaves the locker room to head to the course. We honor Sevi’s legacy every day and will continue to do so.