Who was Celia Barquin Arozamena? Why are the Ryder Cup 2018 golfers wearing yellow ribbons for her?

THE Ryder Cup is here and many will have noticed golfers wearing yellow ribbons throughout the competition.

At Le Golf National, both the Europe and USA teams are sporting the colour to pay tribute to Celia Barquin Arozamena.

 Celia Barquin Arozamena was Female Athlete of the Year at Iowa State University before her tragic murder

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Celia Barquin Arozamena was Female Athlete of the Year at Iowa State University before her tragic murder

Who was Celia Barquin Arozamena?

Celia Barquin Arozamena was one of America's top ranked college golfers and was studying civil engineering in Iowa.

Earlier in 2018, the 22-year-old Spaniard won the award of Iowa State University Female Athlete of the Year after winning the European Ladies Amateur Championship at the Penati Golf Resort in Slovakia.

She also qualified for the 2018 U.S. Women's Open before missing the cut.

What happened to Celia Barquin Arozamena?

Celia Barquin Arozamena was brutally murdered in September 2018, with her body being discovered at the Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, Iowa.

A 22-year-old homeless man, Collin Daniel Richards, who had been living in a homeless encampment near the golf course, was charged with her murder.

He reportedly told a fellow homeless man from the area that he had "an urge to rape and kill a woman".

Arozamena had several stab wounds to her head, neck and upper torso, according to the criminal complaint filed against Richards, who was arrested within hours of her body being discovered.

 Arozamena was finishing a degree in civil engineering when she was brutally killed

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Arozamena was finishing a degree in civil engineering when she was brutally killed

Why are Ryder Cup golfers wearing yellow ribbons?

Europe captain Thomas Bjorn said of the yellow ribbons: "The golfing family extends way beyond what we are trying to do this week.

"Those events in America with Celia being killed playing golf is something that's hit everybody in the golf family, and obviously our two Spanish players very much.

"We felt like that after a conversation from Ryder Cup Europe with Celia's mother, that we would honour her this week.

"That's what we're doing, and it's nothing about us, but it's just more about that the golfing family gets touched by these things all over the world.

"It's terrible when things like that 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 [Rahm], they couldn't talk highly enough about her.

"We felt like that was appropriate for the week."

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THE Ryder Cup is here and many will have noticed golfers wearing yellow ribbons throughout the competition.