Seve Ballesteros was given the grand funeral he deserved on Wednesday, a fitting send off for not just one of the greatest golfers of all time, but one of the most loved and respected.
The five-times major winner, an inspiration to a generation of golfers, died at home aged 54 on Saturday after losing a long battle against brain cancer. The Spaniard was buried in his home town of Pedrena where hundreds turned out and millions watched on TV.
The golfing fraternity worldwide will mourn his death for a long time because his flair, passion and charisma was just as significant as his wonderful technique.
Cayman’s top woman golfer Samantha Widmer said: “I believe that Seve’s death has hard a large impact on the golfing community. From the age of seven, Seve loved the game of golf and played it with such passion.
“These are the types of golfers that I look up to. People that play the game for the love of golf and will push past limits to achieve greatness. He was also a fantastic father and encouraged his kids to continue his legacy and pick up the game.
“Also, my mother has been facing a tough battle with cancer herself. I am so sad to see that such a great man has lost his life to cancer, a disease that can go after anyone, even the great Seve Ballesteros.”
Cayman Free Press publisher Brian Uzzell is a keen golfer. He said: “I was fortunate to have seen Seve play in the Doral Classic in Miami in the late Nineties. His short game was total perfection and he will be sorely missed.”