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Mark James diagnosed with cancer

Golfer Mark James, the 1999 European Ryder Cup captain, said on Tuesday he had been diagnosed with lymphoma.

"I have been diagnosed with lymphoma and, pending further tests, expect to be starting chemotherapy soon," he said in a statement. Lymphoma is cancer of the lymph nodes.

The PGA European Tour said in a statement that James had withdrawn from the next five tournaments.

"Mark James is an outstanding individual with tremendous resilience and we know that he will face whatever challenges might lie ahead with great courage and commitment," said Ken Schofield, executive director of the European Tour.

Mark James inpensive mood earlier in the year. Allsport.

James, a blunt-speaking Yorkshireman, resigned as joint vice-captain of the 2001 Cup team in August after a much-publicised row with Nick Faldo.

The pair had been at loggerheads since James suggested in his book "Into the Bear Pit" that Faldo, who did not make the team, had undermined Europe's Ryder Cup bid.

The 46-year-old, known affectionately on the circuit as "Jesse", is an 18 times winner on the European Tour since he turned professional in 1976.





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