Ryder Cup 2012: Europe"s golfers pay tribute to Seve Ballesteros

Do it for Seve: Europe pay tribute to the great Spaniard as they try to retain the Ryder Cup

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17:49 GMT, 30 September 2012

Europe's Ryder Cup team will hope to pull off an unlikely victory on the final day of the tournament inspired by the late, great Seve Ballesteros.

All of Europe's players took to the Medinah Country Club course on the final day of the 39th Ryder Cup – trailing the USA 10-6 over night – dressed in navy jumpers and trousers and a white shirt – just as the Spaniard used to wear.

The tribute has been organised by European captain Jose Maria Olazabal to honour his friend, with whom he formed a dominant partnership in the competition.

True blue: Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal talks with Justin Rose, wearing the famous all blue clothes

True blue: Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal talks with Justin Rose, wearing the famous all blue clothes

Ballesteros, who died in May last year after a long battle with cancer, captained Europe to victory in his native Spain in 1997 after playing in the contest eight times.

The pairing of the two Spaniards became a fixture at this event beginning in 1987 at Muirfield Village when Olazabal was a Ryder Cup rookie.

Severiano Ballesteros

Ian Poulter

Inspiration: Seve was famed for wearing a blue jumped and trousers and Europe's team, including Ian Poulter, wore similar outfits on the final day

‘He was a great figure,’ he said. ‘I think not just for myself but for the whole European squad, not just that year but every year that he played in that team. We are going to miss him a lot.

‘It's going to be actually the first time that he's not going to be with us. He was a special man.

Famous pose: Europe's players had a Seve Ballesteros logo stitched onto their sweaters

Famous pose: Europe's players had a Seve Ballesteros logo stitched onto their sweaters

It's written in the sky: The words 'Do it for Seve' are written above the golf course

It's written in the sky: The words 'Do it for Seve' are written above the golf course

‘I believe Seve reflected the core of Ryder Cup values. More than anything, I learned from him what true passion is all about. Seve, we miss you.’

Olazabal choked back tears during the tournament's opening ceremony on Thursday as chairman of the European Professional Golf Association Phil Weaver paid his own tribute to Seve – describing the Spaniard as 'The heartbeat of that team.'

In what promises to be a colourful Sunday scene the US PGA has encouraged home supporters to turn up at Medinah wearing red.