Seve Ballesteros won't be at the Open Championship

Sad news from Spain, as Seve Ballesteros has announced he'll be unable to attend the Open Championship at St. Andrews in July because of ongoing treatments for the brain tumors discovered in 2008.

Ballesteros had hoped to play in a four-hole event open to former champions at St. Andrews, but after a recent round of checkups, his doctors at La Paz Hospital in Madrid determined that he was not in good enough shape to travel, according to his website.

The team determined Ballesteros "should not put himself under any undue stress or in potentially emotional situations." And certainly, returning to St. Andrews, where he won the second of his three British Open championships, would be an emotional time indeed for Ballesteros.

Seve is one of the most charismatic figures in golf, the European Tour's all-time wins leader and five-time major winner.

Seve took a distinctive approach to his opponents: "I look into their eyes, shake their hand, pat their back, and wish them luck, but I am thinking, 'I am going to bury you.'" As we've said here many times, we hope he treats his illness the same way.

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