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Seve Ballesteros gives Team Europe a pep talk

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If there was ever a European pep talk that even the American team can get behind, it happened on Wednesday in Wales.

Seve Ballesteros, the eight-time Ryder Cupper who finished his career with an incredible 20-12-5 record in this event, spoke with the European team for 10 minutes in attempt to give the young Euro squad more firepower.

As you most likely know, Ballesteros, now 53, has been battling brain cancer since October of 2008, and has been one of the most inspirational people in the golf world the last two years.

Colin Montgomerie spoke of the phone call with Seve.

"Before that, though, before our team meeting, we managed to phone Santander, and the whole team spoke to Seve for about ten minutes; and that was very motivational, very passionate, and also very sad to hear him; to hear the way he is. But still, the passion is very, very strong within Seve for us as a team, and he just wishes that he could be here. Obviously he was invited to be here and as you're probably aware, he couldn't make it.

"So that was a real inspiration, especially for the rookies in the team, to speak to Seve, and Seve speak to them. It was on a speakerphone in our team room at a quarter to seven last night. We had a team meeting last night, and it was a very different form the team meeting took because of the passion that was certainly engulfed in that room, if you like, and it was a super time that we had together."

While most of these players were probably too young to get a chance to play with Seve, they all know who he is. He was the swashbuckling Spaniard that took home five majors including two Masters, and always seemed to have a fire in his chest that few golfers carried.

He was the captain of the 1997 European Ryder Cup team that won in Spain, and has been influential to this event for decades. If there was ever a guy you'd want speaking to your team on the eve of a big match, it would be Seve, and I'm sure it gave a few of the younger guys some confidence before the actual matches kick off on Friday.

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