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Updated at 3:24 a.m., Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Golf: Ballesteros plans to run Royal Trophy team in 2010

Associated Press

BANGKOK, Thailand Seve Ballesteros says he plans to return next year to his role as captain of Europe's Royal Trophy team.

A statement from the Spanish golfing great was read at a news conference Wednesday, two days before this year's competition begins between teams from Europe and Asia.

"My heart and thoughts are with you," Ballesteros said in his message. "I will keep fighting to win my most difficult match. I hope to be with all of you next year.

Ballesteros was diagnosed with a brain tumor last year that required several operations. He was released from a hospital Dec. 9 and returned home to northern Spain, where he began chemotherapy treatment.

Jose Maria Olazabal replaces Ballesteros as captain.