2 Apr 2009

Ballesteros speaks for first time about recovery from tumour

11:44 am on 2 April 2009

The champion golfer Seve Ballesteros says life has given him "a second chance", since undergoing emergency brain surgery last year.

In his first interview since the operation, the five times major champion told the Spanish sports newspaper Marca he's made good progress, but is still undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in October.

Ballesteros says he's found the post-operative treatment "incredibly hard" at times and has had had some low moments.

He recently picked up a golf club for the first time in five months and in golfing parlance described his recovery as the "longest par-72 in the world."