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Golfers tee-off at Wentworth as the Olé Seve! pro-am opens BMW PGA Championship

PUBLISHED: 07:48 26 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:27 20 February 2013

Golfers tee-off at Wentworth as the Olé Seve! pro-am opens BMW PGA Championship

Golfers tee-off at Wentworth as the Olé Seve! pro-am opens BMW PGA Championship

The golfing world paid tribute to one of the game's greatest champions at Wentworth Club on Monday when the Olé Seve! invitational event raised a staggering £618,168 in aid of the Seve Ballesteros Foundation.

Photo: Andrew Redington


The golfing world paid tribute to one of the games greatest champions at Wentworth Club on Monday when the Ol Seve! invitational event raised 618,168 in aid of the Seve Ballesteros Foundation.


Ol Seve! brought 24 leading professionals and their amateur teams together in Virginia Water for a celebration of the life of Seve Ballesteros, who died on Saturday May 7 at the age of 54.


All 12 members of the European Ryder Cup Team, which defeated the United States last October, plus their captain, Colin Montgomerie, were reunited for the pro-am competition and joined by the man who will lead Europe in 2012, Jos Maria Olazabal.


Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans, Olympic hero Sir Steve Redgrave, former England international footballer Jamie Redknappand Strictly Come Dancing's Bruce Forsyth were among the celebs to join them on the fairways.


In the end, it was local hero Ross Fisher, a graduate of a Wentworth scholarship programme, and his team of Galib Virani, Francois Joseph Fury and Steven Ho who won with an 18 under par score.


The pro-am and subsequent auction in Wentworth Clubs magnificent ballroom raised a grand total of 618,168 for the SBF, supporting Cancer Research UK.


The event pre-empted the BMW PGA Championship, which tees off at Wentworth fromThursday May 26 to Sunday May 29, with Simon Khan defending his title after pulling off a surprise one stroke victory over Luke Donald last year.

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