Former Masters Champ Now Undergoing Chemo

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Friday Dec. 19, 2008
MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Seve Ballesteros, the winner of five major golf tournaments, has returned to his home in northern Spain to begin chemotherapy treatment following recent surgery on a brain tumor.

Ballesteros was admitted to the hospital Oct. 6 after fainting at Madrid's
International airport before boarding a flight to Germany. He underwent four separate operations, including a 6 1/2-hour procedure Oct. 24 to remove the brain tumor and reduce swelling around the brain.

Ballesteros won three British Opens and two Masters titles. He also recorded 50 career victories on the European Tour and is widely recognized as having transformed European golf, in particular helping to revitalize the Ryder Cup. He retired in 2007 because of a long history of back pain and
has since concentrated on golf course design.

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