The background to the story has Seve and Tony Johnstone paired together in a European Tour event. Seve had gotten a number of rulings from the referee that day and Tony was a bit annoyed. As Lyle tells the story:
Both men had driven their balls over a hill, and Johnstone calls Seve over.
“The ball is only a couple of inches from this sprinkler head. Can I get a drop?”
Seve folds his arms and grimaces “No”
Johnstone like a Jack Russell tries again and stretches out his foot in a clearly manufactured way. “If I move my stance a little like this, can I get a drop from the sprinkler now?”
Seve again says “No Tony.”
“Okay” says Johnstone walking away. “By the way, that’s YOUR ball Seve!”
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