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Jan032013

R.I.P. Jaime Ortiz-Patino

Golf in Spain's most passionate advocate and host of the 1997 Ryder Cup at Valderrama has passed away at 82 according to Reuters.

Patino recently sold his incredible golf history collection and John Hopkins penned a must read piece about why Patino was selling and the disappointing results of the sale.

He'd also been made an honorary "life vice president" of the European Tour.

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In Ireland we say.."Ar dheis De go raibh a anam" -May his soul be with God. RIP Senor Ortiz-Patino.
01.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterIrish Golf Nut
This is tragic news. I had the fortune of playing several times at Valderrama as Jaime's guest, he was a most generous and caring man
01.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStord
Didn't know the man, but I went to the Ryder Cup in Valderrama and, despite the weather issues, it was a terrific event. The setting was fabulous, the golf course was goofy in spots, but very scenic and the cork trees were fun to climb and sit on...at least, according to the idiots who actually climbed the trees! It was a great week in Marbella, one of the cutest little towns where male billionaires walk around with their nieces on their arms and enjoy the good life! Reading this makes me recall the week fondly and I'm sure Jaime was responsible for the great attitude of our hosts.
01.4.2013 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
We have known Jimmy for over thirty years. He was a true gentleman. Always pleased to see us in London or at the Open. He will be sadly missed.
01.24.2013 | Unregistered Commenterpaula beale

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