Seve At The Open: The Story Behind Golf's Most Famous Photo

On the day The Open begins at Muirfield, we caught up with golf photographer David Cannon to explain the story behind two of the most iconic photographs in golf - both of Open legend Seve Ballesteros in his trademark navy slazenger jumper and both taken by Cannon himself.

I picked up my first camera in 1979 and quickly realised I had found my career. Not many people can truly say that two of their passions in life make up their job - photography and golf.

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Seve Ballesteros was and still is my ultimate sporting hero and him holing the winning putt at St Andrews in 1984 is still the most memorable sporting moment I have witnessed and photographed.

The roar of the crowd was so loud and went on so long as he stood there celebrating punching the air with that amazing smile. That sequence of images was almost impossible to pick one image from. I still change my mind as I look at them to this day.

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As for my favourite photograph I've taken, it's Seve again, this time in action during his Open Championship win in 1988 at Lytham, in his green trousers and Navy top hair flying in the wind.

It was a blustery sunny afternoon and Seve's ball was on a slight uphill lie. He was facing a long iron for his second shot into the treacherous 15th green.

To this day I can still hear the sound of the sweetest shot I could have imagined in every way, above the noise of the camera itself and the buffeting wind.

The ball finished 15 feet from the hole and he made a birdie 3. I think I also made a 'birdie' with my shot of Seve with every part of his body in full flow. In fact I like to think I holed my second shot.

David Cannon is an ambassador for Glenmorangie, the official whisky of The Open Championship 

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