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    The career of Seve Ballesteros may be near it's end after the 35-year-old Spaniard pulled out of the Balearic Open last Thursday (March 11) because of severe back trouble.

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    The career of Seve Ballesteros may be near it's end after the 35-year-old Spaniard pulled out of the Balearic Open last Thursday (March 11) because of severe back trouble.

    He said at the time that he was at the stage where he just prayed to finish his round every day. Winner of five majors, and an influential member of Europe's Ryder Cup team, Ballesteros has been plagued by back problems throughout his career, but his condition seems to have worsened.

    "The pain is persistant" Ballesteros said at the time. "I have trouble sleeping, I can't practise as much as I want. It hurts when I swing, and I can even feel the pain when I am putting" he added.

    Ballesteros had shot a seven-over-par 79 before deciding to pull out of the Balearic. Two weeks ago, Ballesteros suffered the humiliation of failing to make the cut at the Andalusia Open in Cadiz, Spain, a tournament he had promoted, and a course he helped design.

    His aggregate 150 was two shots over the cut, and he bogeyed three of the first six holes.

    Seve has not won a tournament since the Balearic Open in March last year. At the World Championships in Jamaica last December, he trailed in 32 strokes behind winner Nick Faldo. Currently 24th in the European order of merit, there is talk of him missing this year's Ryder Cup.

    Obituaries were being written about Ballesteros in 1990 during his last bad spell, but he bounced back in 1991 when he was made European Golfer of the Year after winning the British Open, the British Masters, and a record-equalling fifth World Matchplay title.

    Ballesteros has won over 60 titles in a professional career spanning 18 years. He has cancelled plans to compete in this week's Portuguese Open, but has not yet said whether he will compete in the US Masters in Augusta on April 9.


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    Film ID:
    VLVA7H104J8FHKEG4XSBE5SHH8D2A
    Media URN:
    VLVA7H104J8FHKEG4XSBE5SHH8D2A
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:37:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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