Sunday, May 8, 2011

Wells Fargo Championship Features Ribbons

Seve gave us art, wild and unforgettable
Posted: Sunday, May. 08, 2011

Padraig Harrington walked over to the small basket on the bench inside the Quail Hollow locker room Saturday morning, pulled out a black ribbon and pinned it to his cap.

Seve Ballesteros was dead.

The rumors had flashed across Quail Hollow on Friday afternoon following the revelation by the Ballesteros family in Spain that Seve's condition had deteriorated and, while the reports of Seve's demise were a few hours early, by 2:10 a.m. in his homeland Saturday, the end had come.

It's been a big week for ribbons at the Wells Fargo Championship, a bittersweet thought.

Michael Thompson, a tour rookie who played at the University of Alabama and lives in Birmingham, went with his wife, Rachel, to a local fabric store Monday and bought a swatch of black and white houndstooth cloth, the pattern of choice in the land of Bear Bryant.

Thompson wanted to remind people that there are hundreds of people in and around Tuscaloosa, Ala., whose lives are still being pieced together by what the tornadoes left behind. Thompson and his wife cut and made the ribbons themselves and posted a handwritten sign beside the basket they placed on the same locker room bench last week.

Many players obliged, pinning the ribbons onto their caps or collars, a nice gesture for a tour rookie many of them probably haven't met.

On Saturday, black ribbons - to honor Ballesteros - were everywhere.

It's difficult to overestimate the impact Ballesteros had on the game, particularly in Europe where it's been said often and accurately that he did for golf there what Arnold Palmer did for it here.

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