Norman Commits to Playing at JELD-WEN

By Golf Channel NewsroomAugust 1, 2006, 4:00 pm
2005 Jeld-Wen TraditionGreg Norman is back.
 
Following a long layoff of almost nine months ' the longest of his career - when he again underwent knee surgery, Norman has committed to play in the JELD-WEN Tradition presented by Umpqua Bank. He had an ambitious playing schedule planned at the beginning of the year, but the surgery in February on his meniscus interrupted those plans. Hes missed the British Open (where he has won twice), the U.S. Senior Open and the British Senior Open during that time.
 
Norman has been physically ready for some time, but he didnt feel that his game was ready. Now, hes ready to compete with the best of the Champions Tour at the seasons final major for the over-50 set.
 
'With JELD-WEN as title sponsor, this event has been elevated to one of the finest stops on the Senior Tour,' Norman said. 'It attracts a tremendous field every year, and I am very much looking forward to returning to Oregon for my 2006 Senior Tour debut.'
 
The tournament will take place at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club near Portland Aug. 24-27.
 
Mike Lee, the JELD-WEN tournament director, was ecstatic. 'As a player who held the No. 1 world ranking for 331 weeks, Greg Norman's participation makes the tournament all the more exciting for golf fans of all ages,' said Lee. 'It will be a thrill to watch one of the legends of the game compete at the JELD-WEN Tradition.'
 
Even though he's well known among golf fans, Norman, now 51, is a new face on the Champions Tour. He played only twice on the tour last year before succumbing once again to back surgery. His two starts were quite successful, however - Norman finished third in the Senior British Open Championship, one stroke out of a playoff, and fourth in the U.S. Senior Open.
 
Norman had intended to resume his competitive schedule in July with a trio of major championships, including the British Open, the British Seniors and the US Seniors Open. But he felt he needed more time to practice, rebuilding muscles in his thigh and calf because he hasn't used his right leg properly since September.
 
'My knee is fine. It's just that my game isn't where I want it to be, and the last thing I want to do is take a spot away from another deserving professional,' said Norman.
 
Norman has not played competitively since last November when he finished fourth in his Franklin Templeton Shootout in Naples, Fla. He played in just five tournaments last year.

Norman is scheduled to play the TELUS Skins Game in early August in Canada with Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Stephen Ames, John Daly and Sergio Garcia.
 
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    Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

    Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

    While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

    “I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

    Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

    “Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 


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    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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    Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

    What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

    Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    “I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

    McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

    He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


    McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

    Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

    “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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    Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

    Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

    Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

    Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

    Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

    Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.