Seve Ballesteros is improving after last week's 6-1/2-hour surgery on his cancerous brain tumor. The La Paz hospital in Madrid said Wednesday in a one-sentence statement that the 51-year-old Spanish golfing great remains in ICU and has also undergone a tracheotomy, a procedure it called common in cases like his. The hospital said Ballesteros' condition was "evolving favorably." The operation removed what remained of the tumor and reduced the swelling on his brain.
John Daly was taken into custody Sunday morning by Winston-Salem, N.C., police, who said in a statement Wednesday that officers went to a Hooters restaurant on a medical call. When they arrived, Daly was being treated by emergency workers after losing consciousness. While at the restaurant, police said Daly "appeared extremely intoxicated and uncooperative," refused repeatedly to be taken to the hospital and was asked to leave the restaurant by several workers. Daly, 42, was taken to the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Detention Center for a 24-hour stay.
Driving for show
The World's Longest Drive Contest was last weekend in Mesquite, Nev., where Tampa's Sally Dee, who is also on the Golf Channel's Big Break X, finished third in the women's division at 266 yards. Phillis Meti had a 300-yard drive in the semifinals against Dee then lost to Lana Lawless (266 yards) in the final. Ex-NBA and University of Miami star Rick Barry won the men's senior division at 285 yards.
In Golf World magazine's latest top 50 public, private and golf resorts, TPC of Tampa Bay was 18th in the public course rankings. Innisbrook was 45th in the resort rankings and World Woods was 47th. The top public course: Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National in Opelika, Ala. Top private course: Augusta National. Top resort: Kiawah Island in South Carolina.
Erik Compton, 28, who advanced through the first stage of PGA Tour qualifying just five months after his second heart transplant, was given an exemption to play the final tour event of the year, the Children's Miracle Network Classic, Nov. 6-9, at Disney World. It will be his first PGA Tour event in three years. Tour spokesman Ty Votaw said that Compton would be allowed to use a cart, as he did during Q-school. He will be the first to use a cart on the tour since the Supreme Court ruled for Casey Martin in 2001.
Money's in Europe
Anthony Kim, whose two PGA Tour wins propelled him to No. 8 in the world rankings, joined the European tour for the 2009 season. Kim, 23, paid the $3,280 membership fee that makes him eligible for the season-ending $10-million "Race to Dubai" for the top 60 players and the additional $10-million bonus pool. Former Florida Gator Camilo Villegas, who won the final two playoff events in the FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour, also paid his European tour dues. Expected to join them is Phil Mickelson, and former U.S. Open champ Geoff Ogilvy has said he would join. European members must play 12 times, which includes six events in America - three majors and three World Golf Championships.
Juniors of the year
Cameron Peck and Victoria Tanco were named Rolex junior players of the year by the American Junior Golf Association. Tanco, 14, is from Argentina but she trains in Bradenton. She is the youngest girl to win the award. Peck, 17, is from Olympia, Wash. He was the U.S. Junior Amateur champion this year.
Quote of the day
"Broke." - Jim Furyk, left, when asked what he would be if he weren't a professional golfer
Comeback of the year
This season has been a slow climb up the mountain for Davis Love,44, who returned after ankle surgery and spent the early part of the year trying to find his game. Lately, he has had eight consecutive rounds in the 60s and has made nearly $245,000 to move to 115th on the money list and off the dreaded 125th-place bubble. He could have taken an exemption next year based on career money, but he wanted to earn it. "I wanted to play," said Love, who is scheduled to tee off today in the Ginn sur Mer Classic in Palm Coast. "Part of it is a matter of pride. You want to save your 'Get Out of Jail Free' card for another time."