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Seve Ballesteros's spirit is woven through Europeans

By Staff Reporter

Europe's Ryder Cup team have again paid tribute to the late Seve Ballesteros ahead of this year's contest at Gleneagles.

Ballesteros, Europe's talisman in the event for so long and then captain in his native Spain in 1997, died in May 2011 after a long battle with a brain tumour.

His partner during most of his cup career was Jose Maria Olazabal, who was the captain in Medinah two years ago when the team had the image of Ballesteros on their bags and his silhouette on their shirts.

They also wore the blue and white colours favoured by the five-time Major winner on the final day in Chicago, when they recovered from 10-6 down to win for the seventh time in nine contests.

During the final practice round at Gleneagles yesterday the home side's players had the silhouette of Ballesteros on the sleeve of their team jumpers.

And earlier this week, Thomas Bjorn said the late Spaniard's presence was still being felt.

"Seve lives with us. He lives with the Ryder Cup more than anything, but he lives with us as a team. He's a huge inspiration to this team and he always will be," Bjorn said. "For us as a tour and as players, he is the most inspirational guy that's ever been.

"You couldn't have a man that stood for more of what European golf is all about. He will live with us forever."

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