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Ballesteros plans 2010 Open spot

Seve Ballesteros

Ballesteros determined to make Open farewell

Seve Ballesteros has vowed to make a farewell appearance for British fans at the 2010 Open at St Andrews as his recovery from brain surgery continues.

The golfing great, 52, needed four operations on a malignant brain tumour and to reduce swelling in his skull.

The Spaniard won the second of his three Opens at St Andrews in 1984.

"If things go normally, I promise I will be there to say goodbye and thank you for all you have done throughout the years," he told BBC Sport.

"Probably some people will feel sorry for me but I feel I'm a very lucky person because throughout my life I have so many great moments that I feel I have lived two or three lives."

Ballesteros missed six successive cuts at The Open until 2001 and chose not to play in the Championship for the next four years.

Returning at Hoylake in 2006, he missed the cut after finishing seven over, and announced his retirement from golf at an emotional press conference on the eve of the 2007 Championship at Carnoustie.

Though insistent he would be back for the 2010 tournament, the Spaniard admitted that his condition has left its mark, with sight in his left eye having deteriorated.

"With putting I have to make a mark on the ball and then I use the line with the putter behind to line up," he said.

"I don't have the perception of distance for the long putts."

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Ballesteros focused on Open return

The 1984 Open saw Ballesteros win the title by two strokes from Bernhard Langer and Tom Watson.

He also triumphed at the 1979 and 1988 events, both at Royal Lytham and St Annes.

Ballesteros won the Masters in 1980 and 1983 in an illustrious career that resulted in him notching up more than 90 tournament wins.



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