Seve Ballesteros will be present in spirit only as the Memorial Tournament's honoree for 2010.

Seve Ballesteros will be present in spirit only as the Memorial Tournament's honoree for 2010.

"Unfortunately, he will not be able to attend (Tuesday's 3 p.m. ceremony at Muirfield Village Golf Club)," tournament director Dan Sullivan said. "He's not traveling as he continues to take treatment."

Ballesteros, 53, has battled brain cancer for several years. A series of other physical ailments forced the Spaniard into semi-retirement even before that, and the last of his 72 victories worldwide came at the Peugeot Spanish Open in 1995.

He won five major championships, the last of which was the British Open in 1988, during a career defined by his scrambling ways around the green. Ballesteros, who played in the Memorial only twice, developed those skills relentlessly honing a deft short game on a beach near his family home in northern Spain.

When his name was brought up last spring to the Captain's Club, which selects the Memorial honorees, his inclusion was a no-brainer.

"It was a unanimous vote," Memorial founder Jack Nicklaus said. "It was the shortest vote we've had."

In 1980, Ballesteros became the first European to win The Masters. Just 23 at the time, he also was the youngest player to win at Augusta National until Tiger Woods' record-setting effort at age 21 in 1997. Ballesteros and Nicklaus shared runner-up honors behind Johnny Miller during the British Open at Royal Birkdale in 1976, when Ballesteros was a 19-year-old rising star having turned professional three full years earlier.

Ballesteros, who led the PGA European Tour's Merit of Order for seasonal prize money six times between 1976-91 and won 45 times overall on that tour, triumphed at The Masters again in '83 at the height of his career. His other major titles came at the British Open in '79 and '84. All told, he won Open championships in nine countries.

Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1999, Ballesteros won nine times on the PGA Tour, the first of which was the Greater Greensboro Open in '78. His final victory in America came at the Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic in 1988.

A year before that, Ballesteros led the Europeans to a dramatic 15-13 victory in the Ryder Cup at Muirfield Village, marking the first time British or Europeans teams won on American soil and also the first time the United States lost in back-to-back Ryder Cups since the biennial event was first played in 1927. The Ryder Cup pitted the Americans against their British counterparts through 1977, and Ballesteros played in the first matches involving Europeans two years later. Nicklaus is credited with spearheading the change in format.

The Ryder Cup, which was held at Scioto Country Club in Columbus in 1931, will be contested for the 38th time Sept. 28-Oct. 3 at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales, with the United States holding a 25-10-2 advantage. The Europeans have won three of the past four, however, and seven of 12 dating to 1985. The Americans prevailed 16 ?-11 ? in 2008 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.

"Seve represents what happened with the Ryder Cup being changed from being a British-U.S. game to a European-U.S. game," Nicklaus said. " When he was here in '87 for the Ryder Cup, his leadership of that team - even though Tony Jacklin was the captain - was fantastic. To be able to take him and honor him, it's the right time and he's the right person."

Ballesteros, who played in the Ryder Cup eight times and also led the Europeans to victory as captain in 1997, continues to update fans on his condition and various charitable foundations via his web site at

"A couple of his contemporaries will make it here to speak on his behalf, and we'll play a message from him although we're still working out the details on that," Sullivan said of Tuesday's ceremony behind the 18th green. "And, of course, Jack will offer his thoughts."

U.S. OPEN QUALIFYING - Several Memorial participants will compete in sectional qualifying June 7 at Brookside Country Club in Worthington and the Lakes Golf & Country Club in Westerville. The 110th U.S. Open is June 17-20 at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links.

Captain's Club
Below are the member's of the Memorial Tournament's Captain's Club:
Peter Alliss, Ken Lindsay, Judy Bell, H. Colin Maclaine, Peggy Kirk Bell, Charles S. Mechem Jr., Sir Michael Bonalleck, Will F. Nicholson Jr., O. Gordon Brewer Jr., Barbara B. Nicklaus, George H.W. Bush, Hisamitsu Ohnishi, William C. Campbell, Arnold Palmer, James Ray Carpenter, Gary Player, Sean Connery, F. Morgan Taylor Jr., Carol Semple Thompson , Richard H. Grimm