The European Ryder Cup team will have legendary Spaniard Seve Ballesteros by their side during ever stage of the 39th Ryder Cup at Chicago’s Medinah Country Club.
European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal organised for all 12 official team golf bags to be emblazoned with the iconic silhouette portraying Seve’s famous victory in the 1984 Open Championship at St Andrews.
“We feel this was one way that Seve could be with us every step of the way. This is the first match since he sadly passed away and a fitting tribute to a true champion and a great friend,” said Olazabal.
“Seve was an important part of the Ryder Cup because of the way he played and conducted himself from his opening match in 1979.
“This is the first time since then he has not been present in any way, because in 2010 he was able to talk to everyone via the telephone.
“Seve set a wonderful example to generations of golfers and for me there are many, many memories, particularly involving the Ryder Cup.
“Now the best tribute we can pay to Seve is to go on playing for him, and his image will certainly ensure he is alongside us throughout the week.”
The image of Seve’s salute after securing victory on the 18th green at St Andrews – described by the great man as “the happiest moment of my whole sporting life” – is often referred to as ‘El Momento’.
The five-time major champion, who adopted the silhouette and his business logo and had it tattooed on his left arm, won 22.5 points in his esteemed Ryder Cup career.
There is also speculation the European team will wear the navy jumper and trousers associated with Seve during his playing days, with Olazabal having consulted US Captain Davis Love on the issue.