Fellow Masters champion Ian Woosnam said Seve Ballesteros did for European golf what Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus did for the American tour.
The Spaniard won a record 50 European Tour victories and led Europe to victories in the Ryder Cup both as a player and captain.
His Open victory at Royal Lytham and St Anne's in 1979 was only the second for a European player since 1951.
The hot-tempered Spaniard with a flair for theatrics went on to win the Open again in 1984 and 1988, and the Masters in 1980 and 1983.
“He put Europe on the map, going travelling around the world,” said Woosnam.
“The Ryder Cup is one of the biggest events in the world and that's thanks to Seve.”
Ballesteros will be remembered for the daring and courageous manner in which he achieved many victories
Sir Nick Faldo said Ballesteros' 3-wood that helped him halve the final hole at the 1983 Ryder Cup was the greatest shot he'd witnessed.
From a humble background, Ballesteros learned to play golf using only a 3-iron, part of the reason he came up with shots other players couldn't imagine.
Ballesteros had 87 tournament victories in his career and won 22 1/2 points from 37 matches in eight Ryder Cups.
He captained Europe to victory on home soil at Valderrama in 1987.
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.