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Golf legend Ballesteros no more

Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros has died after losing his battle to recover from a series of operations on a brain tumour diagnosed in late 2008, his family said on Saturday.

world Updated: May 08, 2011 01:11 IST

Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros has died after losing his battle to recover from a series of operations on a brain tumour diagnosed in late 2008, his family said on Saturday. The tumours was discovered after Ballesteros collapsed at Madrid airport and was rushed to a nearby hospital.

The five-times major winner, 54, had been recuperating at his home in northern Spain after four operations on the tumour and a course of chemotherapy.

Ballesteros won three British Open titles and two Masters with a game marked by spectacular

One of the best-known personalities in the golfing world, he also won 50 times on the European Tour and is widely credited with transforming European golf. Ballesteros won 87 titles worldwide.