The Ryder Cup and Brain Cancer

Clark and I spent the day glued to the TV watching the Ryder Cup taking place at Medina Country Club in Chicago. The Europeans, captained by Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain, came from behind today to achieve an unbelieveable victory. The Europeans wore a silouhette of Seve Ballesteros on their sleeves.  Seve, a former Ryder Cup European captain, also from Spain, and partner of Olazabal in many Ryder Cups, died last year of brain cancer, so this is the first Ryder Cup without him. The “spirit of Seve” has been mentioned many times today as an inspiration to the European players.

Ballesteros fainted in a Madrid airport while waiting to board a flight to Germany on Oct. 6, 2008, and was subsequently diagnosed with the brain tumor. He underwent four separate operations, including a 6½-hour procedure to remove the tumor and reduce swelling around the brain. After leaving the hospital, his treatment continued with chemotherapy.

Ballesteros looked thin and pale while making several public appearances in 2009 after being given what he referred to as the “mulligan of my life.”  Ballesteros lived about 2 1/2 years after diagnosis.

[+] EnlargeSeve Ballesteros

Seve Ballesteros was a three-time winner of the British Open, no moment greater than his 1984 victory at St. Andrews.

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