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Seve Ballesteros "serious but stable"

Severiano Ballesteros is in a "serious but stable" condition in intensive care, three days after undergoing a third operation to ease swelling in his brain and remove the remains of a tumour.

"Nothing has changed" regarding the condition of the 51-year-old, a spokeswoman for Madrid's La Paz hospital said.

Ballesteros, who collected 87 titles before knee and back problems forced him to retire last year, announced on October 12 that he had a brain tumour.

He underwent surgery two days later to remove the tumour. Two days later, he underwent a second operation to ease a build-up of fluid in the brain.

The hospital said on Thursday that the tumour has been classified as an "oligoastrocytoma (which affects...cells that cover and protect the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord). It is located in an area that requires a very thorough approach of great complexity."

Seen as one of golf's all-time greats, Ballesteros won five Majors.

He won The Open in 1979, 1984 and 1988 and became the first European to win the Masters in 1980, an achievement he repeated in 1983.

He was an influential figure in the Ryder Cup, winning 20 points from 37 matches and captaining Europe to victory at Valderrama in 1997.

Back problems though started to trouble him in the late 1990s and his form and confidence gradually ebbed away.

On July 16, 2007, he announced his retirement, although having turned 50 he was eligible for the Champions Tour and European Seniors Tour.

 

October 28, 2008




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