12 May 2011

Funeral of Ballesteros held

10:05 pm on 12 May 2011

The funeral of Seve Ballesteros took place in his Spanish home village of Pedrena on Wednesday.

Ryder Cup golf captains Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie, Sam Torrance and Jose Maria Olazabal were part of a procession led by the Ballesteros family to the San Pedro church.

Ballesteros, 54, died on 7 May, three years after undergoing an operation to remove a brain tumour.

The BBC reports his ashes were to be scattered at his home estate.

Hundreds of mourners applauded as the procession - headed by his children Javier, Miguel and Carmen - entered the church after a walk from his house overlooking the Bay of Biscay.

A guard of honour was provided by members of a rowing club which carries his father's name. Spanish flags hung from balconies embossed with black ribbons. The funeral was broadcast on state television.

Ballesteros was one of the most gifted players the sport has ever seen. He won three Opens and two Masters in a career that had 87 tournament victories.

He played in eight Ryder Cups and captained the European side to victory in 1997.