Rose recalls golfing great Ballesteros on day of his 58th birthday

It’s been almost four years since golf lost the great Seve Ballesteros, but his legacy lives on – and on a day when he would have turned 58 years old.

Justin Rose, who shot 5-under Thursday, said he got a Memorial Tournament official book signed by the two-time Masters champion in 2010 after Rose won the tournament.

Ballesteros died May 7, 2011, from brain cancer.

“Obviously we’ll toast him (Thursday) at dinner,” Rose said. “He’s definitely been sort of a hero of mine growing up. I remember when I won the Memorial, he was the honoree at that tournament, and a few times that week, I sort of tried to channel his short-game powers and got the ball up and down a couple times that week.”

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