Thomas Bjørn’s European Team for The 2018 Ryder Cup lined up together for the first time at Le Golf National on Tuesday morning for the traditional team photographs, but with an added tinge of emotion.
The 12 men of Team Europe wore yellow ribbons on their jumpers with the name of Celia Barquín written upon them in red, in tribute to the young Spanish golfer who was tragically killed last week.
Captain Bjørn and his team wore the ribbons as a mark of respect for the loss of the talented young golfer, who received tributes from fellow Spaniards Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm among many others last week.
Ryder Cup Europe had been in contact with Miriam Barquín, the mother of Celia, to express the support of the European Team for the family. Miriam said she was “proud and humbled” by the gesture from Bjørn and his team.
“Obviously, the golfing family extends way beyond what we are trying to do this week,” Bjørn said. “Those events in America, with Celia being killed while playing golf, is something that's hit everybody in the golf family, and obviously our two Spanish players very much.
“We felt that, after a conversation between Ryder Cup Europe with Celia's mother, we would honour her this week. That's what we are doing, and it's nothing about us, but it's just more about the fact that the golfing family gets touched by these things all over the world. It's terrible when things like this happen.
“Such a great prospect for the game of golf, she was, but also a wonderful person. And when you speak to Sergio and Jon about it, they both couldn't talk highly enough about her. We felt like that was appropriate for the week.
The yellow ribbons will be available to wear for the players of both sides throughout the week in Paris, while the wives and partners of the players will wear yellow roses during the Opening Ceremony on Thursday afternoon.