4 Nov 2008

Ballesteros continues recovery after third surgery

8:04 am on 4 November 2008

Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros has spoken to his family following his third operation on a brain tumour.

A statement issued by La Paz hospital in Madrid on Monday said he "continues to evolve favourably. He is conscious, is breathing spontaneously and can talk with his family."

His family also posted a statement on the golfer's official website on Monday, thanking everyone for their messages of support.

Ballesteros, 51, underwent his third operation on a brain tumour on 24 October. It lasted six and a half hours.

He was taken to hospital at the start of October after a spell of dizziness and a brief loss of consciousness. He announced on 12 October that he had a brain tumour and has since undergone three operations.

Ballesteros collected 87 titles before knee and back problems forced him to retire last year. They included the British Open in 1979, 1984 and 1988 and the Augusta Masters in 1980 and 1983.