WORKSOP golfers Mark Foster and Lee Westwood have paid their tributes to Seve Ballesteros this morning, after the Spanish legend lost his battle with cancer.
The 54-year-old’s health had deteriorated since he was diagnosed as having a brain tumour in 2008, despite four operations and chemotherapy.
Ballesteros passed away surrounded by his family at his home in Pedrena, northern Spain, in the early hours of this morning.
Both Foster and Westwood have posted online tributes to the flamboyant star, who won 87 titles in a glittering career, including three Open Championships and two Masters wins at Augusta.
Foster said: “Very sad day on tour today. My inspiration and greatest golfer I ever seen has passed away. The golfing world owes him everything.”
And Westwood tweeted: “It’s a sad day. Lost an inspiration, genius, role model, hero and friend. Seve made European golf what it is today.”
Westwood and the triumphant Ryder Cup team of 2010 dedicated their win at Celtic Manor to the Spaniard, who was a key player for Europe.
He took 20 points from 37 matches in eight outings against the United States of America, and guided Europe to a win at Valderrama as a non playing captain in 1997.