Ballesteros Has Brain Tumor

Flamboyant Spanish golfer awaits biopsy results
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2008 9:48 AM CDT
Seve Ballesteros gets the Masters green jacket from the previous winner, Fuzzy Zoeller, after capturing the 1980 Masters in Augusta, Ga., in this file photo.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Retired Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros, 51, announced yesterday that he has a brain tumor and is awaiting a biopsy to determine whether it is malignant. The five-time major winner collapsed in Madrid last week, the Times reports. “I want to be the best at confronting the most difficult match of my life with all my strength,” Ballesteros said.

Ballesteros, who retired last year at the British Open, said he'll meet his condition with “bravery, belief, calmness, confidence, and great mental strength.” Yesterday’s announcement followed months of speculation about his condition, with Ballesteros earlier denying reports of depression and attempted suicide.