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Best wishes for Ballesteros

Posted by jenz30 on October 26, 2008

Spanish golfer Alvaro Quirós has dedicated his Portuguese Masters’ win to fellow countryman Severiano Ballesteros, who has undergone surgery for a brain tumour.

Ballesteros’ condition seems to have created a sombre mood on the European golfing tour. Other Spanish golfers refuse to discuss the ailing Spaniard in public perhaps out of loyalty or shock but privately they are texting his family, sharing their best wishes.

Frenchman Jean van de Velde, told BBC Sport, “It’s terrible, just 51, just 51” whilst fellow golfers Lee Westwood, Monty and Steve Webster all paid tribute.

Ballesteros’ condition

The five-time major winner was diagnosed with a tumour after suffering dizziness and a brief loss of consciousness at Madrid airport a fortnight ago.

Since then, he has had two operations on his brain followed by periods of heavy sedation.

Fears grew however, when on Thursday it was confirmed that Ballesteros was to undergo a third operation as his tumour was cancerous.

Following this announcement, the La Paz hospital in Madrid said that his condition was serious.

“The tumour has been classified as an oligoastrocytoma (which affects the cells which cover and protect the nervous system cells in the brain and the spinal cord) and is located in a very deep area whiich makes it very complicated to reach.”

Reports have also been circulating that Ballesteros has suffered a brain haemorrhage, although these remain unconfirmed as yet.

The tour now heads to Castellon in Spain and the BBC remarks that Ballesteros’ plight will be even closer to home for the tour golfers as they chase the final cheques of the year with hope and trepadation.

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