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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)

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)

Jasper Juinen

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.

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.

Esteban Cobo

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)

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)

Jasper Juinen

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

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

Alvaro Barrientos

Spanish professional golfer Jose Maria Olazabal is seen during the funeral service of Seve Ballesteros

Spanish professional golfer Jose Maria Olazabal is seen during the funeral service of Seve Ballesteros

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)

Jasper Juinen

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)

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)

Jasper Juinen

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: 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)

Jasper Juinen

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: (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)

David Ramos

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: 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)

Denis Doyle

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)

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)

David Ramos

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)

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)

Julian Finney

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)

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)

Scott Heavey

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)

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)

Julian Finney

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: 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)

Denis Doyle

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)

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)

David Ramos

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)

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)

Julian Finney

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)

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)

David Ramos

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)

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)

Angel Martinez

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)

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)

Ander Gillenea

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)

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)

Ross Kinnaird

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: 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)

Denis Doyle

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)

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)

Denis Doyle

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 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)

David Ramos

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 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)

David Ramos

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 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)

Jasper Juinen

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 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)

Jasper Juinen

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)

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)

Jasper Juinen

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)

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)

Jasper Juinen

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: 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)

Jasper Juinen

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: 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)

Jasper Juinen

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)

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)

Denis Doyle

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)

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)

Scott Halleran

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)

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)

Ander Gillenea

Spanish golf legend Seve Ballesteroshas died at the age of 54

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.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)

David Cannon

(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.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

David Cannon

(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 2008.1984: 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

David Cannon

(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) 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.

David Cannon

(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

(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

Stephen Munday

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)

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)

Ross Kinnaird

(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 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

Steve Powell

(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 Spanish golfer Severiano Ballesteros in his home town of Pedrena, Spain, with the Ryder Cup, June 1997. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

David Cannon

(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 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

David Cannon

(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 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)

Stuart Franklin

(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)

(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)

Stuart Franklin

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)

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)

Simon Bruty

(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

(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

Rusty Jarrett

Seve Ballesteros with the claret jug after winning the 1984 Open

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, 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.

Stuart Franklin

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, 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 All eyes on Seve - and the ball - when he paraded his vast array of skills at Castledawson.

Belfast Telegraph

Seve Ballesteros: Golf/ At Moyola Park Golf Club. 4/8/1980 Young autograph hunters surround the Spanish star.

Seve Ballesteros: Golf/ At Moyola Park Golf Club. 4/8/1980 Young autograph hunters surround the Spanish star.

Belfast Telegraph

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.

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.

Simon Bruty

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

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

DAVID J. PHILLIP

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)

To the mournful wail of a lone bagpipe, some of Europe's greatest golfers joined family, friends and residents in the tiny village of Pedrena yesterday for an emotional final tribute to golf legend Seve Ballesteros.

Ryder Cup captains Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie, Sam Torrance and Jose Maria Olazabal and players including Miguel Angel Jimenez marched together in silence as part of the procession from Ballesteros' family home to the church of San Pedro de Pedrena for the funeral.

Young boys and girls wore replicas of the navy blue outfit that Ballesteros wore for his first British Open win in 1979.

They each held a 3-iron, the only club Ballesteros owned when he learned to play golf.

About 400 people packed the church to provide Ballesteros with one final send-off before his ashes were spread under a magnolia tree, which he had planted at the family home in this tiny fishing village in northern Spain.

Ballesteros, a five-time major winner and Ryder Cup stalwart, died on Saturday aged 54 from a brain tumour.

“He was so young and such a great man. A great champion — the best Europe ever had,” Torrance said.

Ballesteros' oldest son Javier carried the urn holding the Spanish golf great's ashes at the front of the procession, with the sombre notes of a single bagpipe punctuating the occasion on an overcast day in the village off the Bay of Santander.

The crowd of up to 1,000 gathered outside the church burst into applause as Ballesteros' ashes reached the church.

Locals, friends and others watched from one of the three giant screens set up outside.

“With hard work he went from nothing to everything, realising his dream to be the best and to be in the heart of the people,” said nephew Ivan Ballesteros, who was flanked by Javier and his brother Miguel on the church altar.

“In the end he decided when and where it ended. Rest my friend, rest Seve.”

Relatives inside the church wept and embraced, and so did friends and Pedrena residents watching outside.

“It's not a goodbye — we know you'll always be here by our side,” Ballesteros' son Miguel said.

Ballesteros' brother Vicente picked up the urn — which had been set above two golf clubs and a golf ball at the foot of the altar — and carried it out of the church back to the family home.

A private family ceremony was held before the ashes were placed under the magnolia tree overlooking the nearby Real Club de Golf Pedrena course where his career began.

“We all wanted to be here to support Seve and wish him the best. We loved him, he was great,” Faldo said. “It's a sad time, we lost someone very special. European golf owes Seve a great debt. He was the best frontman we could have ever dreamed of.”

Homages to Ballesteros were found all along the procession route, mostly in the form of Spanish flags with black ribbons tied to them.

“His roots were here in Pedrena, he never forgot that,” said Asuncion Sota, a cousin of Ballesteros'.

“Seve may have passed but his soul lives on here forever.”

Belfast Telegraph