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Seve Ballesteros Golf Legend Death: Twitter Tributes

May 7, 2022 | Debbie Turner

It was only a week ago that we were mourning the sad death of Sir Henry Cooper, British boxing legend and telling of Twitter tributes. Now the sad news reaches us of the death of Seve Ballesteros, golf legend, and as expected people are flocking to Twitter to pay tribute to this sporting superstar.

Severiano Ballesteros died at only 54, three years after a brain tumour was removed by surgery. According to Sky News Ballesteros died with his family around him at his home in northern Spain, of “respiratory failure.” Ballesteros had remained very prominent in the golfing world and was at the forefront of many people’s thoughts. Only recently we told how Rory McIlroy had tweeted birthday congratulations to Ballesteros, while playing at the US Masters.

Just some of the tribiutes that have flooded in on Twitter include this tweet from British golfer Lee Westwood, “It’s a sad day. Lost an inspiration,genius,roll model, hero and friend. Seve made European golf what it is today. RIP Seve,” according to Robert Klemko of USA Today. Another well-known golfer, Sam Torrance tweeted, “RIP Seve you were the king.” CNN presenter, Piers Morgan said, “RIP Seve Ballesteros - greatest genius golf has ever seen.”

Ballesteros was a former World No. 1 golfer and won 5 majors during his carers. BBC sports presenter Jake Humphrey paid a touching tribute, tweeting, “’Legend’ is the most overused word in sport. It applied to Seve Ballesteros. He changed the face of golf. Thoughts with his family. RIP,” while American golfer Kevin Chappell said simply, “Sorry to hear about seve he was one of the greats!” Another great golfer, this time Italian Francesco Molinari tweeted, “Deep, deep sadness.”

You can head to this Twitter page here to see more tributes to Ballesteros, including this from Jack Wilshere, Arsenal football player who tweeted, “Very sad day for the World of sport…RIP Seve Ballesteros….Golfing legend and a true Gentleman!” Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. We’d be interested to hear your tributes to Seve Ballesteros, not only a great golfer but a well-respected and decent man, so please do send in your comments.

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  • Jean Myers

    good-bye seve, it was a pleasure to watch you and an honour to speak with you. Rest in peace.Royal Lytham next year wont be the same without you.