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Ballesteros incident concern for European Tour

The new head of the PGA European Tour said Sunday he was sad and disappointed over an alleged assault by Seve Ballesteros on another Spanish golfer during a recent amateur event in Spain.

The alleged incident took place at an over-35s tournament in Pedrena, where Ballesteros lives. The player, Jose Maria Zamora, a tournament director on the European tour reported the incident to tour officials.

"We find the situation very sad if what is alleged to have happened is correct," said George O'Grady, who takes over from Ken Schofield as executive director at the end of the year.

"We are very disappointed. Seve is arguably our greatest champion, our most charismatic champion, and whatever the situation it would be our hope it is handled very sympathetically.

O'Grady said players must conduct themselves "at all times in a manner becoming a professional golfer."

"At this stage we are not prepared to say what may or may not happen," O'Grady added when asked what sanctions Ballesteros could face.

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