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Norman Blasts Australian PGA Decision

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SYDNEY, Australia -- Greg Norman believes the Australian PGA should have been decided with a single winner instead of allowing the title to be shared.
 
Australian golfers Peter Lonard and Jarrod Moseley, tied after 72 holes at Coolum in Queensland state, decided to share victory Sunday after bad light forced the end of a sudden-death playoff after one extra hole.
 
PGA Tour operations manager Andrew Langford-Jones gave the players a choice of playing in the dark, coming back Monday or sharing the title. The players, citing other commitments, chose to share the money.
 
Norman, who finished fourth, told Channel 10 television Monday that the pair should have come back Monday.
 
'Up there in Queensland it gets light at 4.30 a.m. So you can get up there at 5.30, 6 o'clock tee-off, and you're still going to get the first flight out of there,' Norman said.
 
The rules for the tournament stated that sudden death should continue 'until a winner is determined,' and Norman said the rules should be adhered to.
 
On Nov. 10 in Sotogrande, Spain, Colin Montgomerie and Bernhard Langer shared the Volvo Masters title when darkness halted play after two playoff holes.
 
It's the second time in a week Norman has chided a local tournament. After the first round of the previous weekend's Australian Open was canceled by unplayable greens, Norman said golf Down Under was humiliated and players in the United States were 'laughing' at the situation.