54-Year-Old Spanish golf superstar Seve Ballesteros is suffering from “severe deterioriation” caused by his recovery from a cancerous brain tumor. According to his family the golfer is being cared for at his home in the northern Spanish town of Pedrena.
In a statement on his website the following message was posted:
“The family will inform accordingly about any change in his health condition and takes this opportunity of thanking everyone for the support that both Seve and his own family have been receiving during all this time.”
The website goes on to say that his, ”neurological condition has suffered a severe deterioration.”
During his career Ballesteros has amassed an impressive win record including three British Open win, two Masters victories and 50 wins on the European Tour.
News reached the PGA Tour and golfers were visibly upset with Paul Casey of England stating:
“He really blazed the trail for Europeans,” while adding, “Not only in the Ryder Cup, but also on the PGA Tour in how he played at Augusta and his victories over here. We owe a huge amount to him.”
While Davis Love III added:
“Everybody wanted that style, to be aggressive and flamboyant and play like that,” and “He was definitely somebody I grew up idolizing.”
It wasn’t just European players who reached out to Ballesteros, Phil Mickelson served a Spanish dish at the Champions Dinner this year at the Masters.
Ballesteros has undergone four operations in the last several years, including his 6 1/2-hour operation to remove the tumor, a necessary procedure to reduce swelling in his brain, that procedure was then followed by a round of chemotherapy.
In recent years Ballesteros has spent his time in retirement, designing golf courses and spreading his love of golf to younger generations, his contributions to golf can not be overstated.