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What they're saying about Seve Ballesteros

Comments Friday from Quail Hollow, on the "severe deterioration" of Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros' health:

SERGIO GARCIA: He's fought for so long. He's been one of my idols. He's meant so much to Spanish golf and worldwide. He's done a lot of good things for the game of golf. It's the way of life. We all end up there sometime.

DAVIS LOVE III: He was an icon in the game. I looked up to him. I copied his swing. Everyone wanted to be as exciting and fun as Seve. Maybe they wanted to hit a few more fairways. They wanted to be as exciting and flamboyant. It's sad. It makes you realize that no matter how great a player you are, your day will come.

He was always very good to me. I spent a lot of time trying to hang around with him.

He definitely had 'it.' Very few guys had it. Jack was intimidating. Arnie had a different feeling. Norman had it. Certainly, Seve had it.

PAUL CASEY: He was different from the other Europeans. (Nick) Faldo was the technician. Woosie (Ian Woosnam) had the power from such a slight build. (Bernhard) Langer because it was Langer. He over-thought everything. (Sandy) Lyle's iron play was phenomenal.

Seve had all of that. It was the flair, the enthusiasm, the smile, the never-say-die attitude. He blazed trails for the Europeans.

PHIL MICKELSON: He was the guy I wanted to play a practice round with the most and when I played my first PGA Tour event in San Diego in 1988, (former PGA Tour) Ernie Gonzales arranged a practice round with him. From that day on, he couldn't have been nicer to me. We had a great round of golf.

He showed me a few things, showed me a few shots and since then we've had a good relationship for the last 23 years.

He's certainly had an impact on the game but to me, the greatest thing about Seve is his flair and his charisma. Because of the way he played the game of golf, you were drawn to him. You wanted to go watch him play.