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GREG NORMAN NEWS
Norman Shoulder Surgery Update
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (November 4, 2009) - As a follow up to Greg Norman's surgery of September 30, 2009, to repair damage to his right shoulder, Norman met with his surgeon Dr. James Bradley of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on October 29, 2009.
Dr. Bradley determined that while he was pleased with the success of the procedure and the first five weeks of Norman's rehabilitation, a prudent approach to ensure a comprehensive recovery would require a delay to Norman's anticipated return to tournament golf. As a result, Norman will not be able to compete in the Australian Open, December 3-6, 2009 nor The Shark Shootout, December 9-13, 2009.
Norman: "Having made the decision to have surgery in September in order to facilitate my playing the Australian Open and The Shark Shootout, I am disappointed."
Said Bradley, "As highlighted in my original post-op assessment, Greg underwent an arthroscopic superior labral repair (a SLAP Tear) and a partial rotator cuff repair, which was more extensive than my initial pre-op assessment. As a result, the rehabilitation will be a more lengthy process. I am pleased with my initial assessment and expect a full recovery for Greg."
It is expected that Norman's physical therapy will enable him to begin practicing in early February and return to competitive golf in March or April.
"Having made the decision to have surgery in September in order to facilitate my playing the Australian Open and The Shark Shootout, I am disappointed," said Norman. "At the same time, I understand it would not be prudent to rush my return to competitive golf."
In June 2009, Greg Norman, Golf Australia and Events New South Wales announced a multi-year agreement whereby Norman would play the next three Australian Open's in Sydney. Despite Norman's forced withdrawal from this year's Australian Open, the other elements of the agreement will remain in effect. "I was very much looking forward to playing this year's Australian Open at the New South Wales Golf Club. I look forward to playing in 2010 and expect that I will make one visit to Sydney in support of The Australian Open in the middle part of 2010," said Norman.
This marks the first time that Norman will not be able to compete in The Shark Shootout which enters its 21st year December 9-13. However, Norman will fulfill his duties as tournament host throughout the week at Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples.
"The Shootout is always a special week for me and while I can't compete I look forward to building on the tradition of raising much needed awareness for childhood cancer," said Norman. "I will also enjoy the opportunity to spend time with friends of the tournament and fellow players throughout the event."
Norman's replacement in The Shark Shootout and the professional pairings are expected to be announced early next week.