Seve Ballesteros has been chosen as the most popular Ryder Cup golfer in the tournament’s history by golf fans in the United Kingdom.
Nine times a player and once a victorious captain on Spanish soil, Ballesteros earned 32% of the votes ahead of Sir Nick Faldo (25%) and this week’s captain Colin Montgomerie (14%).
Ballesteros was also deemed the best European Ryder Cup captain in history in the poll conducted by the Ryder Cup Madrid 2018 bid.
The 53-year-old, a patron of the bid, is still recovering from the brain operations he had after the discovery of a tumour in 2008, but said: “It is extremely humbling for me to see the support I have from golf fans in the United Kingdom and a great honour to be chosen as their favourite Ryder Cup player.
“I have always felt great support in the UK and every time I visit it’s like being at home.
“I have been fortunate enough to experience some fantastic Ryder Cup moments during my career and play alongside great friends and some of the best players in history.
“The Ryder Cup is one of the greatest sporting events and will always hold a special place in my heart. Everyone knows how much I love match play and team golf events in general.
“It would be fantastic to see the Ryder Cup come to Madrid in 2018 for what I’m sure would be an unforgettable event.
“Hopefully we will see a victorious European Team at Celtic Manor.”