Europe's golfers plan tribute to Ballesteros at Ryder Cup finale

Sep 25, 2012

It will be blue versus red on a raucous final day at the Ryder Cup in Chicago

EUROPE'S golfers will pay tribute to Seve Ballesteros in the Ryder Cup on Sunday by donning navy trousers, navy sweaters and white shirts - the outfit that the iconic Spaniard always wore for the last round of a major championship.

"The tribute has been designed by European captain José María Olazábal to honour his friend Ballesteros, with whom he formed such a dominant partnership in this competition and who died last May aged 54 after a long battle against brain cancer," reports The Daily Telegraph.

"Seve is going to be there in our team in some way or form," said Olzábal after the teams arrived at the Medinah course in Chicago.

Earlier European team member Paul Lawrie revealed: "I don't know for sure but the word is that we're wearing navy trousers, navy sweaters and white shirts like Seve always wore in the final round of majors. I think that will be our singles outfit.

"There could be no more fitting a tribute to a guy like Seve than having 12 of the best players in Europe wearing his outfit on the final day of the Ryder Cup."

The Guardian predicts a "raucous atmosphere" on the final day of the competition and said: "In what promises to be a colourful Sunday scene the USPGA has encouraged home supporters to turn up at Medinah wearing red."

Meanwhile, the phony war is well underway with the media sniping from both sides. In the Daily Mail, Derek Lawrenson takes issue with the "trash-talking" in the US press and suggests there is an element of hypocrisy in the fact that "Americans are always banging on about the British press and their perceived penchant for inflammatory headlines".

But he hardly soothes things by adding: "[It's] amazing to think that Europe have eight players with winning Ryder Cup records and America... have none."

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