Saturday, May 7, 2011

Golf legend Seve Ballesteros dies of Cancer

Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros has died after losing his battle to recover from a series of operations on a brain tumor diagnosed in late 2008, the Spanish television channel TVE said on Saturday.

The five-times major winner, 54, had been recuperating at his home in northern Spain after four operations on the tumor and a course of chemotherapy.

He passed away at 0210 local time (0010 GMT), TVE reported, citing a family spokesman.

Regarded by many as golf's greatest shot-maker, Ballesteros won 87 titles worldwide, 50 of them on the European Tour.

A winner of three British Opens and two Masters titles, he also helped revive Europe's fortunes in the biennial Ryder Cup team competition.

The tumor, the size of two golf balls, was discovered after Ballesteros collapsed at Madrid airport and was rushed to a nearby hospital.

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