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Seve Ballesteros recovering from brain surgery

October 15, 2008 | 12:45 pm

Seve Ballesteros made a career out of getting out of trouble, as he does in this photo from the 1993 Ryder Cup.

Seve Ballesteros’ style on the golf course during the 1980s was reminiscent of Arnold Palmer’s in the '60s -- adventuresome, creative and on the edge. Today, he is in a hospital bed in Madrid in stable condition after surgery on a brain tumor on Tuesday.

The hospital said there were no complications from the surgery, which reportedly lasted 12 hours. A substantial amount of the tumor had been removed, though it was not yet known whether it was malignant. Ballesteros is in intensive care.

Tributes to the recently retired Spanish golfer have run throughout the golf media since the diagnosis was made public Sunday.

From Alistair Tait on Golfweek.com, quoting Ernie Els:

I don’t think golf has ever seen anything like Seve. Tiger Woods is a huge draw but there’s been no one with Seve’s charisma. Even when he wasn’t in contention for a tournament people would rather watch him than the leaders.

Ballesteros, 51, won the British Open three times and the Masters twice. His performance in the Ryder Cup was extraordinary: 20 wins, 12 losses and 15 ties overall, and an amazing 11-2-2 while playing with partner Jose Maria Olazabal.

-- Mike James

Photo: Seve Ballesteros made a career out of getting out of trouble, as he does in this photo from the 1993 Ryder Cup. Credit: Associated Press

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