Spanish Open honors golf great Seve Ballesteros

May 7, 2011

TERRASSA, Spain (AP) — The Spanish Open planned to honor five-time major winner Seve Ballesteros with a minute’s silence during third-round play on Saturday.

Flags flew at half mast at El Prat golf course and players were set to sport black ribbons in honor of Ballesteros, who died on Saturday at age 54 from complications of a cancerous brain tumor.

Ballesteros won the Spanish Open three times, including his last career victory in 1995 for his record 50th European Tour title – eight better than closest challenger Bernhard Langer.

European Tour chief executive George O’Grady called Ballesteros “the inspiration behind the European Tour.”