GREG NORMAN will be back in action this week after more than 12 months away from tournament golf because of a shoulder injury.
The 55 year old Australian golfing legend will play in the 2010 European Masters in Switzerland at the stunning Crans-Sur-Sierre course in the Swiss Alps.
Norman hasn’t played tournament golf since undergoing shoulder surgery last year and his slower than expected recovery forced him to ditch plans to make his comeback at the 2010 British Open.
The Shark last played in the European Masters five years ago.
He finished third at the Swiss Open, the predecessor to the Omega European Masters, in 1980.
Norman has been readying himself for the comeback with some lengthy practice sessions around his home on Jupiter Island, Florida, and last week played a practice round with the latest teenage US golfing sensation, 15 year old Alexis Thompson.
Other Australasians in the field include Brett Rumford, Michael Campbell, Peter O’Malley, Marcus Fraser, Andrew Dodt, Scott Strange, Danny Lee, Marcus Both, Rick Kulacz, Darren Beck, David Gleeson, Scott Hend and Adam Blyth.
British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen, recent tour winner Edoardo Molinari and Miguel Angel Jimenez are among those jockeying for the title.
Australian golf television coverage of the event begins on Fox Sports Thursday 11.30pm.