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Ballesteros fears the end of his playing days

Seve Ballesteros has admitted he may never play competitively again as he tries to overcome the effects of arthritis.

The Spaniard has not played in a tournament for nine months and has no idea when he may next tee it up again.

"I have to face up to the fact that I may never play again in competition," Ballesteros told the Daily Mail.

"My back is riddled with arthritis and I have no feeling in the middle of my neck - I have hardly any mobility. I wouldn't say I am destroyed mentally but I am very low.

"I have started thinking about doing other things away from golf because I have to.

"Everything has a beginning and an end, although it would be sad if this is it.

"I am not confirming that this is the end because you always hope for a miracle cure, but what can you do?

"Always waiting, waiting, waiting - but there is only pain and the constant worry that if I do it a little practice it will only make it worse."

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