Spurred by images of longtime rival Tom Watson playing his way to the 54-hole lead at the British Open at Turnberry, Ballesteros added that he would relish playing the 18th hole at the same venue that saw him triumph over the 59-year-old American in the 1984 tournament.
Ballesteros, who underwent four operations on a malignant brain tumor late last year, said he would like to be able to play in next years championship as a gesture of gratitude to his British fans who have supported him for three decades.
I would love to play at St. Andrews next year for the British public, its an objective I would like to turn into reality, Ballesteros told Spanish sports daily Marca in an interview published Saturday.
The 53-year-old Ballesteros is a five-time major winner with three British Open titles. Watson has won eight major championships, including five British Open titles.
Watson has a one-stroke lead heading to the final round. He is trying to become the oldest major champion.
I wish him well, Watson said Saturday. I know hes gone through a really tough time with his operation.
During Fridays round, Watson asked his playing partner, Spaniard Sergio Garcia, about Ballesteros condition.
I said, Have you seen him? He said, No, I havent seen him personally, but I saw him on TV and he looked really well, Watson said. Tell him hello from me, will you?