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Tributes Pour In For Seve

The golfing world mourns the loss of a legend

Posted May 10, 2011 by Chris White

Seve won 5 majors in a glittering career

The golfing, and sporting world as a whole, lost a true great this weekend, with the news of the sad passing of Seve Ballesteros.

The 54-year old Spaniard passed away in the early hours of Saturday morning at the home of his son, after a battle with cancer.

In a glittering career which started back in 1974, aged just 17, Seve won 87 titles including 5 majors - the Masters in 1980 and 1983, and the Open in 1979, 1984 and again in 1988. He also represented the European Ryder Cup team on 8 occasions and captained the team in 1997 in Valderrama, with Europe winning 14.5-13.5

Tributes have been pouring in from around the world in the last few days, with just some of the quotes here:

Current world number one, Lee Westwood tweeted: "It's a sad day. Lost an inspiration, genius, role model, hero and friend. Seve made European golf what it is today. RIP Seve."

Fellow Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal: "What impressed me most in Seve was his strength, his fighting spirit and the passion he put into everything he did. No tribute will ever do justice to everything he did for golf and to everything he gave us."

Tiger Woods: "I always enjoyed spending time with him at the Champions Dinner each year at the Masters. Seve was one of the most talented and exciting golfers to ever play the game."

Former World Number One, Ernie Els: "He opened up so many doors for Europe's players by winning all over the world and particularly in America. The European Tour would not be what it is today without him."

Golf commentator Peter Alliss: "He was wonderful to watch, he brought delight and joy to many people. He was a fighter, feisty, skillful, loveable, cheeky - he was everything."

Colin Montgomerie: "We've lost one of the great icons of the sport. What a character and what a passionate man he was. It was an honour to play under him as our captain in the Ryder Cup and an honour to play with him."

Sergio Garcia: "He has inspired me so much throughout my career and I admired him above all for his fighting spirit. He was a champion on the golf course, but also a champion for the game in Spain and Europe."

World number five, Phil Mickelson: "The greatest thing about Seve was his flair and his charisma. Because of the way he played the game, you were drawn to him. You wanted to go watch him play."

His former Caddy, Billy Foster: "He was the ultimate shot maker. You can go on about the 87 titles and the five major championships he won but he'll always be remembered as the man who played shots no one else dared dream of."

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero: "Severiano was one of the finest golfers of all time and a legend in world sport. He was the mirror which Spanish athletes who have reached the pinnacle of world sport looked into."

 

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