Norman considering PGA invite

Published 23/07/2008 18:19:11

Greg Norman has been invited to enter the PGA Championship at Oakland HIlls in two weeks time after impressing PGA officials with his performance at Birkdale. The 53 year old Australian led the championship going into day four but eventually finished third after a magnificent final round from Padraig Harrington.


Norman, speaking from Royal Troon, venue for this years Senior Open said: "I don't want to hold up the PGA of America. I have to make a decision."


Few expected Norman to finish as highly on the Open leaderboard as he did, but Norman, dubbed "The Great White Shark" said of Troon: "I like the golf course and I used the Open as a warm-up for the Senior Open, although it should probably have been the other way round,"


Despite feeling "warmed up", Norman was cautious about the prospect of tackling a course so different to Birkdale and those found in the UK: “To go to a behemoth like Bethpage Black would be more of a mountain to climb, 7,700 yards, heavy rough. I’m strong, but my fingers are not as strong as they used to be. And as soon as you start pushing the golf course to 7,600 yards, it starts to compound the problem a little bit.”


Norman will line up alongside some big names, including 5 times Open winner Tom Watson, aiming for a record fourth title. Making their debuts on the senior circuit are Ryder Cup stalwards Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam.


You'd be hard pressed to find Norman on a golf course these days, the Australian spending more time expanding his business empire than "pounding balls". 


"I have to be careful. When I had back surgery a few years ago I had to decide whether to replace my vertebrae with artificial vertebrae. We decided not to. You can't put an artificial vertebrae in there and go and play golf. "




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