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Faldo and Monty want European Tour logo redesigned in honour of Seve

Europe’s top golfers propose that iconic image of jubilant Ballesteros be incorporated into new logo.

NICK FALDO AND Colin Montgomerie are leading the charge as European golf’s biggest names lobby tour bosses to design a new logo in honour of Seve Ballesteros.

The pair were among a host of stars present in the small Spanish village of Pedrena yesterday to pay their final respects to Ballesteros who died last weekend aged 54.

As the Tour now begin to discuss the most appropriate way to commemorate the influence of the man who is widely credited with putting European golf on the map, the proposal to incorporate the Spaniard’s image on a new tour logo appears to be a popular one.

The current emblem features a silhouette of Jersey golfer Harry Vardon, a six-time winner of the British Open between 1896 and 1914. One suggestion which has already been forwarded is to replace Vardon’s image with a similarly styled icon of Ballesteros, derived from the famous photo which shows him celebrating his 1984 Open victory at St. Andrew’s.

Speaking yesterday, Montgomerie told reporters that “we should be honouring Seve in a golden way like that so that every player, official, supporter and every letterhead and correspondence that comes from the European Tour carries the image of Seve and honouring him.”

He was the Godfather of our European Tour, he is the reason that we are in the enviable position that we are in today and I think it is right that we should honour him in that way.

The European Tour have responded positively to the proposal, with chief executive George O’Grady saying that Ballesteros would be the ideal candidate if the logo were to be modernised and updated.

“We will look at [the proposal] nice and calmly, and if we do consider any single player’s image at the moment it would be Seve’s.”

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