The legend survives – a tribute to Syria

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Sirius Baleseros (left) and Jose Maria Olajabal

CV Baleseros, who died in May 2012, was the only talent.

He had some kind of universal appeal when playing a game that was not universally liked.

He had a great pastime. His passion and charisma can pick up something he hated.

The gift of Baleseros was evident from childhood, the young Spaniard showing his creative flame by striking pebbles with a wooden shaft three-iron on a beach near his home.

No wonder he was arguably the most inventive player in golf, able to execute shots, not even imagining.

Time Woods had his own style of ballastros like bajimatak and self-calling, praising his talent.

“He was one of the most talented and exciting golfers ever to play the game,” Woods said in tribute to Brestaros, who was diagnosed with brain cancer. “

“His creativity and innovation on the golf course can never be surpassed.”

That craft and ingenuity served him so well that he became the winner of the Balesteros serial with 90 titles to his name, including five majors.

His influence on the European tour, in which he won a record 50 tournaments, cannot be underestimated.

Players today have made the sport popular on the continent and beyond with a huge debt of gratitude to him, with Belsteros becoming the first European to win the Masters in August 1970.

Europe itself as a sporting entity in the Ryder Cup meant a great job to him and Balesteros was a crowning figure for his team.

He has claimed 22.5 points from 337 matches and is widely regarded as a member of Europe’s most iconic team, leading to victory as captain in his home country in 1997-1997.

His presence is still felt in the modern version, with captain and close friend Jose Maria Olajabal referring to the impact of the Balesteros on Team Europe’s great comeback win in Medina.

“Our team has never given up and played in the spirit of Syria. You have believed and you have rescued and I am proud that you have put Europe’s hand in this Ryder Cup,” Olajabal said as he spoke.

Balesteros was diagnosed with a brain tumor after crashing at Madrid airport in 2002. He has performed three operations for more than 20 hours. Intensive care and multiple spells followed a spell of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, all of which helped to prolong his life while simultaneously moving above his strength.

He died nine years ago, at the age of 54, and the world of golf has lost its brightest star.