Spanish Golf Legend Seve Ballesteros Dies

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Spanish Golf Legend Seve Ballesteros Dies

Post by Guest on Sat May 07, 2011 7:36 am

The former world number one golfer Severiano Ballesteros has died three years after surgery to remove a brain tumour.

The 54-year-old passed away at his home in Pedrena in northern Spain at 2.10am local time surrounded by his family. In a statement, his family said they were "very grateful for all the support and gestures of love" that they had received since Ballesteros was diagnosed with the tumour. His family had said on his website on Friday that his condition had deteriorated badly.

Ballesteros - who won five majors, including The Masters twice, during his 30-year professional career - had further treatment after the surgery in 2008. He underwent a 12-hour operation but further surgery was necessary before he was well enough to return home and begin chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Speaking afterwards, he said the tumour was "the size of two golf balls".

Julian Small, chief executive of Wentworth Golf Club where Ballesteros played six times,paid tribute to the champion golfer.


Ballesteros waves to fans at a football match shortly after his operation

He told Sky News: "He played a fantastic game of golf and wherever Seve went, there was a huge crowd. "He was a great champion, a swashbuckler, a handsome man who entertained the ground."

'Seve' Ballesteros was born in Pedrena on April 9, 1957. He turned pro at age 16 in 1974 and finished second at the British Open at age 19 in 1976. He went on to win the British Open three times in his career (1979, 1984, and 1988) and twice don the green jacket at Augusta (1980 and 1983). The former world No. 1 holds the record for the highest number of European Tour victories - 50. He won 87 titles altogether. One of the best ever match play competitors, Ballesteros helped Europe capture the Ryder Cup four times as a player and captained the team to victory in 1997. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1999. Ballesteros played sparingly in the latter years of his career until his retirement in July 2007 due to chronic back problems.

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A sad loss of one of the greatest golfers in the world Sad

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Re: Spanish Golf Legend Seve Ballesteros Dies

Post by Guest on Sat May 07, 2011 10:06 am

Not a big follower of Golf, but sad to see one of the true characters of Sport passing! Sad

R.I.P. Seve!

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