Golf legend Seve Ballesteros has spoken publicly for the first time about his recovery from the four operations that he underwent last year to remove a brain tumour.

The Spaniard was diagnosed with the tumour last October, news which understandably rocked the golfing world.

But the 52-year-old has displayed all the fighting spirits that were so prominent during his days on the fairways.

Speaking at the launch of the cancer research foundation in Madrid that will bear his name he said: “Nine months ago my life was hanging by a thread. Now I call myself Seve Mulligan,” he said, referring to the golf rule which allows a second chance to play a shot.

Ballesteros was forced to retire in 2007 after suffering continual back problems and many feared the worse when he collapsed twice in Madrid before being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

But following chemotherapy the three-time Open Championship winner has battled back and he praised those around him for their help and support.

“When the doctors explained to me what they had done in my brain it’s a miracle. They (the fans) have to have faith, if you have a fighter and you are consistent, you win.”

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