GREG NORMAN has finally acted to get rid of an ongoing, nagging problem.
The Australian golfing legend said the problem had been causing him ongoing discomfort and had kept him from performing at his best.
Yes, just days out from the President’s Cup, Norman has undergone surgery on his right shoulder.
However, Norman is confident the procedure will not affect his President’s Cup duties and says he will be back in playing action for the Australian Open and Shark Shootout later in the year.
“It was imperative that I take care of this because it was keeping me from performing at a level that suits my standards,” Norman said. “The procedure will in no way impact my responsibilities at The Presidents Cup, and I very much look forward to captaining the International Team.”
Norman underwent an arthroscopic superior labral repair and a partial rotator cuff repair at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
The operation took about 60 minutes and his surgeon, Dr. James Bradley, M.D., Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics, said that: “Due to Greg’s high level of physical fitness and commitment to rehabilitation, we are confident he will make a speedy and full recovery.”
Norman said he chose to undergo the arthroscopic procedure at this time to facilitate his return to competition later this year. “This was an arthroscopic and, as much as possible, noninvasive procedure,” he added. “With aggressive rehabilitation, I expect to be back in form for The Australian Open and The Shark Shootout.”
That was Wednesday. On Thursday he returned home and in his role as the host of the annual Shark Shootout announced details of the $3.5 million star studded event to take place at the Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort from December 9-13.
On Friday (or maybe Saturday Australian time), Norman and tennis icon Chris Evert announced they had separated after 15 months of marriage.
A statement from the couple said they will remain friends and supportive of each other’s family while asking for privacy for themselves and their relatives.