- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2011

VIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND (AP) - Several top European golfers have honored Seve Ballesteros by playing a pro-am event at Wentworth to raise money for cancer charities.

Two weeks after the Spanish great died at 54 following a brain tumor, Jose Maria Olazabal, Colin Montgomerie, Paul Casey and Justin Rose joined Ballesteros’ brother, Manuel, to play in the “Ole Seve” event.

Ryder Cup captain Olazabal says he has “lost a dear friend and we’ve all lost an icon, but he will always be present.”

Ballesteros won seven times at Wentworth.

Ballesteros set up the Seve Ballesteros Foundation for cancer research after his 2008 diagnosis. Monday’s event was in aid of its partnership with the Cancer Research UK, which has raised about $1.1 million.

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