Seve sets sights on 2010 Open

Seve Ballesteros has vowed to play in next year’s Open at St Andrews – despite some after effects of brain surgery.

Seve Ballesteros has vowed to play in next year’s Open Championship at St Andrews – despite the fact that he is struggling with his vision following four operations and chemotherapy to remove a malignant brain tumour.
The Spaniard, a three-time Open champion, retired from competitive golf in 2007, but wants to make a final major appearance to bid farewell to his fans having undergone extensive treatment since last October.
The 52-year-old concedes his recovery from illness has left him with lingering difficulties, but intends to fight against them to take his place at St Andrews in 2010.
He told BBC Sport: “With putting I have to make a mark on the ball then use it to line up the putter. I have also lost the perception of distance for long putts.
“But if things go normally, which I hope they will, I will be there (at the Open) I promise. To say goodbye and thank you for what you have done throughout the years. Thank you and I love you all.”
He added: “Probably some people will feel sorry for me and maybe cry, but I feel happy and am a very lucky person because throughout life I have had so many great moments. I feel I have lived two or three lives.”