Emotional farewell for legend Ballesteros

Emotional farewell for legend Ballesteros

A 10-minute procession from his house overlooking the Bay of Biscay down into the small village of Pedrena was headed up by a lone piper and Ballesteros's children Javier, Miguel and Carmen at the front of the line carrying the urn.

Members of the local rowing club provided a guard of honour with raised oars -- his father had been a rower and trainer at the club which carries his name -- and they passed houses which had Spain flags hanging from balconies embossed with black ribbons.

Children of the Seve Ballesteros Foundation carried three irons aloft to signify the club with which he started practising with as a child.

Four former Ryder Cup captains -- Nick Faldo, Bernard Gallacher, Sam Torrance and Colin Montgomerie and next year's captain Jose Maria Olazabal joined the family under cloudy grey skies.

They passed wreaths of flowers at the gates of Ballesteros's house and more at the entrance to the church where messages from the Spanish Royal family and government could be seen.