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In the United States I’m lucky – in Europe, I’m good

Few people did more to popularise the game of golf than the Spanish golfer, Seve Ballesteros.

BBC golf commentator Peter Alliss remembered him fondly: “He was a fighter - feisty, skilful, cheeky and loveable… When Seve was in a good mood the world was happy. I will always remember that smile.”

But the flamboyant, charismatic player, who first achieved fame as a golfer in his teens, was also hugely competitive, once saying: “I look into eyes, shake their hand, pat their back, and wish them luck, but I am thinking, I am going to bury you”.

The Spanish sports star claimed victory in more than 90 international golf tournaments in his career, including five major championships between 1979 and 1988.

He won The Open Championship three times, and the Masters Tournament twice and became the first European to win the Augusta Masters (twice).

When Seve fell ill with a brain tumour, he reflected: “For everything in life there is always a beginning and an end.”

Expressing his sadness over Seve’s death, fellow golfer Colin Montgomerie said: “We've lost one of the great icons of the sport, but may we also celebrate Seve's life.”