European Tour May Change Logo to Honor Seve Ballesteros
By mustang6560 on 5/19/11
I'm not sure how I feel about this.

The European Tour is considering changing its current logo to honor the late Seve Ballesteros. The idea is to replace the current the silhouette of six-time Open winner Harry Vardon with a silhouette of Seve.

Sir Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie, both former Ryder Cup captains for Europe, are among the individuals who are in favor of the proposed change. From the European Tour:
"An announcement will be made shortly regarding the Seve Trophy, to be played in September, and other options, including changing the Tour's logo, are actively being considered for consultation with the tournament committee."
The European Tour should honor one of its most beloved sons, but I don't think they have to change the logo to do this. I mean, in reality, unless they include an outline of Seve's face in the silhouette, who is going to know it's supposed to be him? I had no idea there was any rhyme or reason behind silhouette on the current logo besides the outline of a generic golfer swinging a club. Changing from one silhouette to another seems like a waste of time and money.

Seve helped establish European golf in the modern era, but does that mean he IS European golf? I think golf is bigger than one person and as much as Seve helped European golf, I don't think he needs to be on the logo in order to be honored. I feel the same way about Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. They are the best and should be honored, but changing the silhouette on the PGA Tour is not the best way to do it.

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birdieXris says:
Meh, i'm not for or against it. Honestly i had no idea that was even supposed to be harry vardon. I think it's more of a token gesture than a need and i think that would be a good way to honor seve. Regardless of silhouette, people would know it was him, the same way they know the logo for the NBA is Jerry West.

Other people know that, right?
mjaber says:
@birdie... I knew that.

Isn't the PGA silhouette Hogan? I thought I read that somewhere once.
Paolo says:
Seve in silhouette is an easy likeness to achieve. Man up/behind tree, man in DEEP rough, man behind wall, then a ball disappearing of into the distance towards a flag
wdelnero says:
Is the PGA Tour logo silhouette of anyone particular?
jrbizzle says:
Pretty sure the PGA is on record that its logo is no one person in particular. But with the flared bell bottom style pants you could easily say it might lean towards a 70s era player. Too skinny to be a true version of Nicklaus.
dottomm says:
I thought the PGA log was Couples?
birdieXris says:
jrbizzle is right. The PGA has stated a number of times that the silhouette is nobody in particular. It's just stylized to read well.
Banker85 says:
I knew jerry west was for Basketball but i dont think any other sport has a person like the NBA does. MLB? NFL?
Torleif Sorenson says:
Mustang Sally, you're correct - this is a temporary emotional reaction to the loss of a pioneer. There's no reason to replace the logo except for genuine improvement of the Euro Tour's branding and marketing.
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