Memory of Seve Ballesteros influences Europe during stunning Ryder Cup success

Last Updated: 01/10/12 1:23pm

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The image of Seve Ballesteros on the European kit

The image of Seve Ballesteros on the European kit

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Europe's triumphant players have hailed the spirit of Seve Ballesteros following the stunning Ryder Cup victory over the US in Medinah.

Europe's triumphant players have hailed the spirit of Seve Ballesteros following the stunning Ryder Cup victory over the US in Medinah.

The European team wore the colours so associated with Ballesteros - a navy jumper, trousers and white shirt - in Sunday's singles, with an iconic silhouette of the five-time major winner on their shirt sleeves.

Ballesteros, who captained Europe to victory in his native Spain in 1997, died in May last year after a long illness, but was always going to be a key figure during the captaincy of his cup partner Jose Maria Olazabal.

"I have no doubt in my mind that he was with me today all day, because there's no chance I would have won my match if he wasn't there," said Sergio Garcia, who won the last two holes to claim a crucial win over Jim Furyk.

"It was amazing and it feels so good to be able to win it for him and for our captain, Jose; it's been amazing."

Justin Rose, who beat Phil Mickelson, added: "In the moment you've got to do what you've got to do, but as soon as I holed that putt (on the 18th), as soon as I came off the green, my first thought has been to Seve, absolutely. I had a glance down and looked at my left sleeve and that's the kind of stuff he would have done today."

Ian Poulter, who toppled tamed Webb Simpson for his 12th win in 15 Ryder Cup matches, said: "This was a team performance and the team have done an unbelievable job. There was a buzz in the team room last night that didn't feel like we had a four-point deficit.

"For some reason, everyone was calm. Everyone was cracking jokes. We just felt we had that tiny little chance and the boys have proved it today and made history. It has been unbelievable. My captain picked me to come and play and I owe it to him, and Seve, to be here today. It's pretty special."

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