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The now-53 Greg Norman surprised us all with his impressive showing at the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. (Photo: Getty Images)

Norman declines special invite into PGA Championship

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Greg Norman, suddenly back in golf's limelight following two solid showings in the Open Championship and Senior Open Championship, has opted not to accept a special invitation to compete in the 90th PGA Championship.

Following his second top-five finish in as many tournaments and while preparing for the upcoming U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor, Greg Norman has decided to decline the PGA of America's invitation to compete in the 90th PGA Championship, Aug. 7-10, at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.


"While I truly appreciate the PGA extending me an exemption for this year's PGA Championship, I have elected to decline in favor of adhering to the professional and personal commitments I made prior to The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale," Norman said. "I wish the PGA and Oakland Hills all the very best for what I'm sure will be a great week for golf."


At the 137th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in July, an improbable run for a third Claret Jug thrust the former world No. 1 back into the spotlight. On the heels of his tie-for-third finish, Norman was extended a special invitation to compete in the year's final major by PGA of America CEO Joe Steranka and the PGA Championship committee.


The decision proved difficult for Norman, who labored over the honor and privilege bestowed by the PGA against prior professional and personal commitments. While the PGA Championship would have been Norman's fourth consecutive week of tournament golf, physical fitness was not a factor in the 53-year-old World Golf Hall of Famer's decision to decline the invitation.


Following the U.S. Senior Open, Norman will take a break from tournament golf to focus his energy as CEO of Great White Shark Enterprises, a multinational corporation with divisions in golf course design, residential development, apparel, golf equipment, wine, events management, licensing, and Internet development.
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