U.S. Open

Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2)

The Loop

Something worth rooting for

July 24, 2009

Seve Ballesteros has declared his intention to play in the British Open at St. Andrews next year as a means, he said, of simultaneously saying goodbye and thanks.

"If things go normally, which I hope they will, I will be there at the Open to say goodbye and thank you for what you have done throughout the years," he said.

"Probably some people will feel sorry for me and maybe cry, but I feel happy. I am a very lucky person because throughout life I have had so many great moments. I feel I have lived two or three lives."

Ballesteros, 52, has been battling a brain tumor, having undergone surgery and chemotherapy.

Seve in the British Open, at St. Andrews, would be a great moment for golf, a better moment for Ballesteros. And if you think Watson evoked emotion...

-- John Strege