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Colin Montgomerie and Nick Faldo call for Seve Ballesteros image on golf's European Tour logo

PEDRENA, SPAIN - MAY 11:  Golfer Sir Nick Faldo (C) of England leaves the funeral service held for legendary Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros on May 11, 2011 in Pedrena, Spain. Top-ranked golf players have joined family members and friends to pay their last respects to the late golf great, who died on May 7, 2011 from complications arising from a brain tumor, in his home town parish church.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
PEDRENA, SPAIN - MAY 11: Golfer Sir Nick Faldo (C) of England leaves the funeral service held for legendary Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros on May 11, 2011 in Pedrena, Spain. Top-ranked golf players have joined family members and friends to pay their last respects to the late golf great, who died on May 7, 2011 from complications arising from a brain tumor, in his home town parish church. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
PEDRENA, SPAIN - MAY 11: Javier Ballesteros (C) carries the urn containing the ashes of his father besides his sister Carmen (L) during the funeral service held for legendary Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros on May 11, 2011 in Pedrena, Spain. Top-ranked golf players have joined family members and friends to pay their last respects to the late golf great, who died on May 7, 2011 from complications arising from a brain tumor, in his home town parish church. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
Spanish professional golfer, Miguel Angel Jimenez, center background, is seen during the funeral service for Seve Ballesteros
PEDRENA, SPAIN - MAY 11: Golfer Colin Montgomerie (C) of Scotland leaves the funeral service held for legendary Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros on May 11, 2011 in Pedrena, Spain. Top-ranked golf players have joined family members and friends to pay their last respects to the late golf great, who died on May 7, 2011 from complications arising from a brain tumor, in his home town parish church. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
A relative of Spanish professional golfer Seve Ballesteros fixes a black ribbon beside a poster with several photos of Ballesteros during his funeral service in the small town of Pedrena, Spain
Spanish professional golfer Jose Maria Olazabal is seen during the funeral service of Seve Ballesteros
PEDRENA, SPAIN - MAY 11: Golfer Sir Nick Faldo (R) of England leaves the funeral service held for legendary Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros on May 11, 2011 in Pedrena, Spain. Top-ranked golf players have joined family members and friends to pay their last respects to the late golf great, who died on May 7, 2011 from complications arising from a brain tumor, in his home town parish church. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
A relative of Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros takes a rose on her mouth as she waits at Ballesteros' house during his funeral service in the small town of Pedrena, Spain
Ballesteros' son Javier, background, comforts his sister Carmen, during the funeral service of his father, Seve Ballesteros, in the small town of Pedrena, Spain
A musician plays bagpipes in honor of Spanish professional golfer Seve Ballesteros, during his funeral service in the small town of Pedrena, Spain, Wednesday May 11, 2011. Ballesteros, a five-time major winner and Ryder Cup stalwart who revived European golf, died Saturday at age 54 from complications of a cancerous brain tumor. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
PEDRENA, SPAIN - MAY 11: Baldomero Ballesteros carries the urn containing the ashes of his brother Seve Ballesteros during the funeral service held for the legendary Spanish golfer on May 11, 2011 in Pedrena, Spain. Top-ranked golf players have joined family members and friends to pay their last respects to the late golf great, who died on May 7, 2011 from complications arising from a brain tumor, in his home town parish church. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
PEDRENA, SPAIN - MAY 11: (L to R) Chief Executive of The European Tour George O'Grady Nick Faldo of England , Roger Chapman of England and Colin Montgomery of Scotland walk following the urn containing the ashes of Seve Ballesteros to attend the ceremony during the funeral service held for the legendary Spanish golfer on May 11, 2011 in Pedrena, Spain. Top-ranked golf players have joined family members and friends to pay their last respects to the late golf great, who died on May 7, 2011 from complications arising from a brain tumor, in his home town parish church. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
PEDRENA, SPAIN - MAY 11: Javier Ballesteros (C) carries the ashes of his father Seve Ballesteros besides his sister Carmen, during the funeral service held for legendary Spanish golfer on May 11, 2011 in Pedrena, Spain. Top-ranked golf players have joined family members and friends to pay their last respects to the late golf great, who died on May 7, 2011 from complications arising from a brain tumor, in his home town parish church. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
PEDRENA, SPAIN - MAY 11: (L to R) Chief Executive of The European Tour George O'Grady Nick Faldo of England, Roger Chapman of England, Colin Montgomery of Scotland, Sam Torrance of Scotland and Ian Woosnam of Wales walk following the urn containing the ashes of Seve Ballesteros to attend the ceremony during the funeral service held for the legendary Spanish golferon May 11, 2011 in Pedrena, Spain. Top-ranked golf players have joined family members and friends to pay their last respects to the late golf great, who died on May 7, 2011 from complications arising from a brain tumor, in his home town parish church. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
MALLORCA, SPAIN - MAY 11: Golfers observe a minutes silence on the driving range to tribute spanish golfing legend Seve Ballesteros on the day of his funeral during the ProAm of the Iberdrola Open at Pula Golf Club on May 11, 2011 in Mallorca, Spain. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Maxi Rodriguez of Liverpool celebrates scoring in front of the Liverpool fans during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Liverpool at Craven Cottage on May 9, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
MALLORCA, SPAIN - MAY 11: Golfers watch the televised funeral of spanish golfing legend Seve Ballesteros during the ProAm of the Iberdrola Open at Pula Golf Club on May 11, 2011 in Mallorca, Spain. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
PEDRENA, SPAIN - MAY 11: Javier Ballesteros (C) carries the ashes of his father Seve Ballesteros as they lead the procession to San Pedro church during the funeral service held for legendary Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros on May 11, 2011 in Pedrena, Spain. Top-ranked golf players have joined family members and friends to pay their last respects to the late golf great, who died on May 7, 2011 from complications arising from a brain tumor, in his home town parish church. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
PEDRENA, SPAIN - MAY 11: A bagpipe player leads relatives and friends as they leave with an urn containing the ashes of Seve Ballesteros to attend the funeral service held for the legendary Spanish golfer on May 11, 2011 in Pedrena, Spain. Top-ranked golf players have joined family members and friends to pay their last respects to the late golf great, who died on May 7, 2011 from complications arising from a brain tumor, in his home town parish church. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
MALLORCA, SPAIN - MAY 11: Golfers observe a minutes silence on the driving range to tribute spanish golfing legend Seve Ballesteros on the day of his funeral during the ProAm of the Iberdrola Open at Pula Golf Club on May 11, 2011 in Mallorca, Spain. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
PEDRENA, SPAIN - MAY 11: Mourners follow family members as they carry the urn containing the ashes of Seve Ballesteros at the funeral service held for the legendary Spanish golfer on May 11, 2011 in Pedrena, Spain. Top-ranked golf players have joined family members and friends to pay their last respects to the late golf great, who died on May 7, 2011 from complications arising from a brain tumor, in his home town parish church. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 10: Real Madrid players observe a minute of silence in memory of Spanish golfing legend Seve Ballesteros after his recent death before the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Getafe at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 10, 2011 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
PEDRENA, SPAIN - MAY 07: A golf club, golf ball and a candle stand in tribute for late Spanish golf legend Seve Ballesteros at the entrance gate of his home on May 7, 2011 in Pedrena near Santander, Spain. Ballesteros, who won 87 titles overall including five majors, passed away in the early hours of Saturday after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Ander Gillenea/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 07: Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain and Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain after the minute silence held in memory of Seve Ballesteros during the third round of the Open de Espana at the the Real Club de Golf El Prat on May 7 , 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
SANTANDER, SPAIN - MAY 10: Javier Ballesteros (C) son of late golfing legend Seve Ballesteros attends the homage to his father before the La Liga match between Racing Santander and Atletico Madrid on May 10, 2011 in El Sardinero stadium in Santander near Ballesteros' home village of Pedrena, in Spain. The funeral for the legendary Spanish golfer, who died at the age of 54 following a lengthy battle with cancer, will be held tomorrow in his home village of Pedrena. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
SANTANDER, SPAIN - MAY 10: Osmar Barba (L) of Racing Santander applauds with teammates during a homage to the late Spanish golfing legend Seve Ballesteros before the La Liga match between Racing Santander and Atletico Madrid on May 10, 2011 in El Sardinero stadium in Santander near Ballesteros' home village of Pedrena, in Spain. The funeral for the legendary Spanish golfer, who died at the age of 54 following a lengthy battle with cancer, will be held tommorow in his home town of Pedrena. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
PEDRENA, SPAIN - MAY 10: A woman waters her garden underneath a balcony adorned with two golf clubs and a Spanish flag with a black ribbon ahead of the funeral service for Seve Ballesteros on May 10, 2011 in Pedrena, Spain. The legendary Spanish golfer died at the age of 54 following a lengthy battle with cancer. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
PEDRENA, SPAIN - MAY 10: A banner that reads 'Thanks Seve' hung at the entrance of Pedrena in preparation for the funeral service of legendary Spanish golfer Seve Bellesteros on May 10, 2011 in Pedrena, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
PEDRENA, SPAIN - MAY 10: A view from the top of the parish church where tomorrow's funeral service for legendary Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros will be held, on May 10, 2011 in Pedrena, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
PEDRENA, SPAIN - MAY 10: A woman carries a floral tribute backdropped by the parish church where tomorrow's funeral service for legendary Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros will be held, on May 10, 2011 in Pedrena, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
PEDRENA, SPAIN - MAY 10: A note reading 'from your followers' sticks out of a pair of golf shoes layed in memory of legendary Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros, outside his home on May 10, 2011 in Pedrena, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 07: Rafael Nadal of Spain (L), referee Mohamed Lahyani (C) of Sweden and Roger Federer of Switzerland observe a minute of silence in memory of Spanish golf legend Seve Ballesteros prior to the start of their semi final match during day seven of the Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open Tennis on May 7, 2011 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
PEDRENA, SPAIN - MAY 10: A pair of golf shoes lay amid candles lit in memory of legendary Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros, outside his home on May 10, 2011 in Pedrena, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
PEDRENA, SPAIN - MAY 10: Priest Don Juan, who will preside over tomorrow's funeral service for legendary Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros, stands inside his parish church on May 10, 2011 in Pedrena, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
PEDRENA, SPAIN - MAY 10: Flags fly at half mast at Pedrena golf course in respect for the recent death of legendary Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros on May 10, 2011 in Pedrena, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 08: Phil Mickelson observes a moment of silence for the passing of golf legend Seve Ballesteros during the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship at the Quail Hollow Club on May 8, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
PEDRENA, SPAIN - MAY 07: A golf club, golf ball and a candle stand in tribute for late Spanish golf legend Seve Ballesteros at the entrance gate of his home on May 7, 2011 in Pedrena near Santander, Spain. Ballesteros, who won 87 titles overall including five majors, passed away in the early hours of Saturday after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Ander Gillenea/Getty Images)
Spanish golf legend Seve Ballesteroshas died at the age of 54
(FILE PHOTO) The family of golfing legend Seve Ballesteros have announced on May 6, 2011 that his health is worsening, following his battle with a brain tumour in 2008.Jose-Maria Olazabal of Spain uses the shoulders of Seve Ballesteros also of Spain to get a better view during the 29th Ryder Cup Matches on 28th September 1991 at Kiawah Island in South Carolina, USA. The USA team defeated Europe with a score of 14.5pts - 13.5pts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
(FILE PHOTO) The family of golfing legend Seve Ballesteros have announced on May 6, 2011 that his health is worsening, following his battle with a brain tumour in 2008.Jul 1988: Seve Ballesteros in full cry during the British Open at Royal Lytham St Annes Golf Course in England. Ballesteros went on to win the Open title. \ Mandatory Credit: Dave Cannon /Allsport
(FILE PHOTO) The family of golfing legend Seve Ballesteros have announced on May 6, 2011 that his health is worsening, following his battle with a brain tumour in 2008.1984: Seve Ballesteros of Spain holds the Claret Jug aloft after winning the British Open at St. Andrews Golf Club in Scotland. \ Mandatory Credit: David Cannon/Allsport
(FILE PHOTO) The family of golfing legend Seve Ballesteros have announced on May 6, 2011 that his health is worsening, following his battle with a brain tumour in 2008.19 OCT 1993: SEVE BALLESTEROS OF SPAIN PLAYS A TEE SHOT DURING A SLAZENGER DAY AT WISLEY GOLF CLUB IN SURREY ENGLAND. BALLESTEROS IS SEEN IN SILHOUETTE IN FRONT OF A BEAUTIFUL SUNSET WHILST COMPLETING HIS ROUND.
(FILE PHOTO) Spanish Golf Legend Seve Ballesteros Dies At 54.Charismatic former World No. 1, five time Major winner, five time Ryder Cup winner, both as a player and as captainand winner of the European Tour's Order of Merit on six occasions.http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=113809426 28 Sep 1997: European team captain Seve Ballesteros proudly holds the trophy after victory over the USA in the Johnnie Walker Ryder Cup at the Valderrama Golf Club in Sotogrande in Spain. \ Mandatory Credit: Stephen Munday /Allsport
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 07: Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain wears a black ribbon on the first tee, following news of the death of Seve Ballesteros, during the third round of the Open de Espana at the Real Club de Golf El Prat on May 7 , 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
(FILE PHOTO) Spanish Golf Legend Seve Ballesteros Dies At 54.Charismatic former World No. 1, five time Major winner, five time Ryder Cup winner, both as a player and as captainand winner of the European Tour's Order of Merit on six occasions.http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=113809426 Seve Ballesteros of Spain acknowledges the crowd after holing his putt on the 18th green to win the British Open at the Royal Lytham Golf Club in Lancashire, England, July 21, 1979. \ Mandatory Credit: Steve Powell/Allsport
(FILE PHOTO) Spanish Golf Legend Seve Ballesteros Dies At 54.Charismatic former World No. 1, five time Major winner, five time Ryder Cup winner, both as a player and as captainand winner of the European Tour's Order of Merit on six occasions.http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=113809426 Spanish golfer Severiano Ballesteros in his home town of Pedrena, Spain, with the Ryder Cup, June 1997. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
(FILE PHOTO) Spanish Golf Legend Seve Ballesteros Dies At 54.Charismatic former World No. 1, five time Major winner, five time Ryder Cup winner, both as a player and as captainand winner of the European Tour's Order of Merit on six occasions.http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=113809426 15 Sep 1985: (L to R) Manuel Pinero, Seve Ballesteros, Jose-Maria Canizares and Jose Rivero of the European team hold the trophy after victory over the USA in the Ryder Cup at the Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England. \ Mandatory Credit: David Cannon /Allsport
(FILE PHOTO) Spanish Golf Legend Seve Ballesteros Dies At 54.Charismatic former World No. 1, five time Major winner, five time Ryder Cup winner, both as a player and as captainand winner of the European Tour's Order of Merit on six occasions.http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=113809426 KILLENARD, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 29: Nick Faldo, Captain of The Great Britain and Ireland Team with Seve Ballesteros, Captain of The European Team during the third day morning greensomes at the Seve Trophy 2007 held at The Heritage Golf and Spa Resort on September 29, 2007 in Killenard, Ireland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
(FILE PHOTO) Spanish Golf Legend Seve Ballesteros Dies At 54.Charismatic former World No. 1, five time Major winner, five time Ryder Cup winner, both as a player and as captainand winner of the European Tour's Order of Merit on six occasions.http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=113809426 KILLENARD, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Seve Ballesteros, Captain of The European Team, plays a bunker shot during the Pro-Am for the Seve Trophy 2007 held at The Heritage Golf and Country Club on September 26, 2007 in Killenard, Ireland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
Spanish golfer Severiano "Seve" Ballesteros at the Royal Dublin Golf Club, during the Irish Open, 20th July 1986. The golfing great died May 6, 2011 after a two-year battle following being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, according to published reports. (Photo by Simon Bruty/Getty Images)
(FILE PHOTO) The family of golfing legend Seve Ballesteros have announced on May 6, 2011 that his health is worsening, following his battle with a brain tumour in 2008.28 Sep 1997: European team captain Seve Ballesteros proudly holds the trophy after victory over the USA in the Johnnie Walker Ryder Cup at the Valderrama Golf Club in Sotogrande in Spain. \ Mandatory Credit: Rusty Jarrett /Allsport
Seve Ballesteros with the claret jug after winning the 1984 Open
Seve Ballesteros, Captain of The European Team reacts to a putt during the Pro-Am for the Seve Trophy 2007 held at The Heritage Golf and Country Club on September 26, 2007 in Killenard, Ireland.
Seve Ballesteros, left, gets the Masters green jacket from last year's winner, Fuzzy Zoeller, after winning the 1980 Masters in Augusta, Ga., in this April 13, 1980.
Seve Ballesteros: Golf/ At Moyola Park Golf Club. 4/8/1980 All eyes on Seve - and the ball - when he paraded his vast array of skills at Castledawson.
Seve Ballesteros: Golf/ At Moyola Park Golf Club. 4/8/1980 Young autograph hunters surround the Spanish star.
26 Sep 1987: Seve Ballesteros of the European team celebrates with captain Tony Jacklin during the Ryder Cup at Muirfield Village GC in Dublin, Ohio, USA.
Seve Ballesteros tips his visor to the gallery as they sing happy birthday to him on the 9th hole of the Par-3 Tournament, prior to The Masters, at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., in this April 9, 2003
Golf legend Seve Ballesteros waves as he appears in public for the first time after surgery on a cancerous brain tumor next to Racing de Santander's president Miguel Angel Revilla, right, before a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Racing de Santander and Almeria at the Sardinero stadium in Santander, Spain, on Sunday , May 3, 2009.

Colin Montgomerie and Sir Nick Faldo have added their names to the campaign to have the image of the late Seve Ballesteros on the logo of the European Tour.

The logo is currently a silhouette of Harry Vardon - Open champion a record six times between 1896 and 1914 - but the two Ryder Cup captains gave their views after attending today's funeral in Spain.

"I think you will find it does change and let's hope it is sooner rather than later," said Montgomerie. "I would vote for that immediately.

"When you talk about the European Tour you talk about Seve and I think it's only right he should appear on our logo."

Montgomerie described the funeral service as "very sad and moving, but after this mournful day we have to start to celebrate his life".

Faldo, who flew from America to London in time to join a private jet to Spain organised by the European Tour, added: "I think they (the Tour) would have a very difficult time not changing the logo.

"From day one I said to George (Tour executive director George O'Grady) 'Come on - we are not 110-year-old golfers'.

"There will never be another Seve. He had everything - the good looks, the charisma, the smile, the walk and the swash-buckling golf game.

"We shared lots of battles and it's tragic. We would have been mates and we've lost out on that. We always had mutual respect, but we never realised the level of feelings that we had for each other."

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