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    Seve gives rallying cry to Europe's Ryder team


    by ODN


    Colin Montgomerie's Ryder Cup stars will go into action on Thursday spurred on by a stirring rallying call from former captain Seve Ballesteros.

    The golfing legend, too unwell to make the trip to Celtic Manor after undergoing brain surgery two years ago, spoke to the Europe players from his home in Santander, Spain.

    And, according to Montgomerie, he gave the same speech which inspired his 1997 team to victory against the United States at Valderrama.

    Montgomerie said: "The whole team spoke to Seve for about ten minutes and that was very motivational, very passionate and also very sad to hear from him the way he is.

    "But the passion is very strong within Seve for us as a team and he just wished that he could be here.

    "That was a real inspiration, especially for the rookies in the team."