Seve takes turn for the worse

Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros has suffered a severe deterioration in his neurological state....

Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros has suffered a severe deterioration in his neurological state. (REUTERS/Andrea Comas/File)

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PEDRENA, Spain -- Hall of Fame golfer Seve Ballesteros has taken a turn for the worse his family announced on Friday.

Ballesteros has been battling a brain tumour since October 2008.

"The Ballesteros family informs that Seve's neurological condition has suffered a severe deterioration. 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," read a statement on the golfers website.

The Spaniard was originally diagnosed with a brain tumor in October 2008 after falling ill at an airport in Madrid. He has undergone multiple surgeries and courses of chemotherapy since the diagnosis.

The 54-year-old won five major championships in his career as well as earning 50 wins on the European Tour and nine victories on the PGA Tour.

He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1999, he won the European Tour Order of Merit (money title) six times and was the circuit's Player of the Year three times.

Credited with making Europe competitive at the Ryder Cup, Ballesteros played on the team eight times and captained it once. In 1987, he was a member of the first European Ryder Cup team to win on American soil.


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