I know Seve dearly wanted to come to the British Open in St. Andrews to say one final ‘thank you’ to all his fans. Indeed many believed he was desperately fighting towards being fit for the occasion. The news that doctors have advised him not to travel is very worrying. We wish Seve all the very best. Here’s the statement from Seve’s website:
Having considered the advice of the of the doctors’ team, Severiano Ballesteros has decided not to travel to Scotland for the British Open taking place at St Andrews in July.
Madrid, June 23rd 2010.- Yesterday, June 22nd, Severiano Ballesteros visited his doctors at La Paz Hospital in Madrid. During his visit, Severiano Ballesteros underwent some tests which he repeats every three months. These check-ups are routine and monitor the progress of the Spanish athlete following his diagnosis of a brain tumor in October 2008.
The medical team, who are responsible for Severiano Ballesteros have informed him this morning that at this time he should not put himself under any undue stress or in potentially emotional situations. It is for this reason that they have advised him against travelling to St Andrews. From La Paz Hospital, Dr. Belda, the oncologist who looks after Severiano Ballesteros considers that “despite the excellent general state that Mr. Ballesteros enjoys, we do not think the trip to Scotland, this coming July, would be appropriate. It is important that Mr. Ballesteros continues with a peaceful life and our advice has been not to travel to Scotland.”
After hearing the doctors’ opinion Severiano Ballesteros declared: “I very much wanted to be at The British Open in St Andrews next month to personally thank all the golf fans and friends who have given me their support, not only during these two years, when I have been recovering from my illness but also to thank them for the affection they have shown during my golf career. I am aware that there might be people who have been preparing their trip to encourage and cheer me up. Hence, I do not want to disappoint anyone at the last minute and after listening to the doctors’ advice I have taken the difficult decision not to travel to St Andrews.”
Severiano Ballesteros is resting and continuing with his recovery process at his home in Pedreña, Spain.