Norman Defends Criticism


COOLUM, Australia -- Greg Norman doesn't agree with Bruce Devlin's criticism that he's selfish and doesn't help the sport of golf in his native Australia.

Norman's private jet was still cooling down Tuesday on a tarmac when he appeared at a news conference for the Australian PGA Championship. The tournament starts Thursday.

Australian senior star Devlin has criticized Norman for not returning last week for the 100th anniversary celebration of the Open, a tournament Norman has won five times. Devlin said Norman should do more to publicly thank Australians who have supported him in the past.

'I haven't read his comments, but considering I've played the Australian Open 23 times in my career, I have supported the event as well as any other Australian professional,' Norman said. 'I think my track record speaks for itself -- I have been coming back here year after year, bar none, for 27 years, to support Australian golf.'

Norman hasn't played in the Open itself in four years because it usually coincides with Thanksgiving.

'It's my life, and I like to spend time with my family,' he said. 'My children are in college in the U.S. The only time they come home are for long weekends like Thanksgiving.'