Seve spurs on title chasers

9/2/2012 10:09:51 AM
Paul Lawrie   (Getty Images)
Paul Lawrie (Getty Images)
It is perhaps fitting that one of the most spectacular courses on the European Tour carries the name of Seve Ballesteros.

The legendary Spaniard, who sadly passed away last year, re-designed the championship layout at Crans-sur-Sierre, the venue for this week's Omega European Masters.

Ballesteros' association with the course was already firmly established; he emerged victorious in the Swiss Alps in 1977, 1978 and 1989.

The man in prime position to follow in his footsteps this week, third round leader Richie Ramsay, admits to being inspired.

"When you win any tournament, the first thing you do is look for the other names on the trophy, and the first name that leaps out on you this week would be Seve," said Ramsay.

"To have your name on the same trophy as him would be an unbelievable honour, and would make me so proud.

"When I was younger with my little bag, I'd always pretend I was Seve when I was hitting bunker shots and chipping round the greens.

"We all grew up with fantastic memories of Seve, and it's a privilege to play golf - and play well - on a course that carries his name."

Paul Lawrie, one of two players a shot adrift of Ramsay, has thoroughly enjoyed the challenge posed by the Ballesteros-designed course.

He added: "When you miss a green now it's hard to get it up and down, because you have to bang it into the bank and use a bit of craft and guile. That was always one of Seve's many gifts - he could get it up and down from a ball washer!

"I like that sort of tricky test, because it suits me. My short game is probably one of my strengths - although I'll never be in Seve's league, because nobody will."