Team Euro captain Olazabal set to visit pal Ballesteros' memorial with Ryder Cup trophy
Team Europe captain Maria Olazabal, who dedicated the Ryder Cup win to legendary golfer Seve Ballesteros, now intends to visit his good friend's grave with the winning trophy.
Olazabal and Ballesteros shared a special bond on and off the course and after masterminding Europe's amazing comeback against America, and the Spaniard is now looking forward to seeing his old pal's family.
The legendary golfer's ashes were scattered beside a magnolia at the family's home in Pedrena and Olazabal will be visiting them there in the near future.
Asked if he would take the trophy to Ballesteros' memorial, Olazabal replied: "It is a personal matter. But he knows how much I wanted to win this trophy for him. Obviously the family members and everyone knows about it."
"I have got messages from them and am in touch with them. They know how much I wanted to win this Ryder Cup and everyone is really happy about it," the Daily Mirror quoted Olazabal, as saying.
Five-time Major champ Ballesteros passed away in May 2011 after a battle with cancer.
Ballesteros enjoyed a successful Ryder Cup career as both player and captain playing in eight Ryder Cups and winning 22 points from 37 matches before guiding Europe to victory over USA at Valderrama in 1997.