Aiken dedicates Spanish Open win to Seve Ballesteros

Thomas Aiken poses with a photo of Seve Ballesteros
Aiken becomes the fifth South African to win on the European Tour this season

South African Thomas Aiken claimed the Spanish Open on Sunday - and dedicated his victory to Seve Ballesteros.

The 27-year-old's first European Tour title was overshadowed by the death of the five-time major winner on Saturday.

"I definitely want to dedicate this win to him with it being his home Open and what he gave to his home fans and to golf," said Aiken.

Aiken beat Denmark's Anders Hansen by two shots with a final-round 70 at the El Prat course near Barcelona.

All the players wore black ribbons in memory of home favourite Ballesteros, who died in the early hours of Saturday morning after a protracted battle with cancer.

Aiken added: "He was everything to the game of golf and I am happy to have won for him - any of us would have won for him.

"I remember Seve, how he enjoyed life and how he enjoyed the game. He has been an inspiration for me and has kept me working hard."

The former Ryder Cup star won the Spanish Open on three occasions during his illustrious playing career.

Jose Maria Olazabal, a close friend and ex-Ryder Cup partner of Ballesteros, finished outside the top-50 on eight over.

Aiken's victory means he becomes the fifth South African to win on the European circuit this season.

Scotland's Scott Jamieson finished joint-third alongside Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal.

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