Miguel Angel Jimenez sent a message to Seve Ballesteros last night after taking the first round lead in The Open at Turnberry.
Ballesteros held the Claret Jug aloft three times, but is now recovering from four operations to remove a brain tumour.
“Seve's meant a lot for the Tour, for lots of people,” said his 1997 Ryder Cup vice-captain Jimenez after a six under par 64 which equalled the lowest first round in Open history.
“He's the mentor of the Tour and players like me are looking up to him. It's something that you're never going to forget.
“To see the way he fights and the way he is going forward gives you lots of motivation to do anything in life.”