Norman not playing Open in final year of eligibility


Greg Norman could not have realized at the time that Sunday afternoon in the 2005 British Open would be his last round at St. Andrews.

Norman told the BBC that he will not return to the Old Course for his final year of eligibility. The two-time Open champion last played golf's oldest championship at Turnberry in 2009. Norman said he doesn't have time to prepare, and it wouldn't be fair to take a spot from someone who can win.

''For me to get ready to go and play at St. Andrews, I need to practice. And I don't have time to practice because I'm doing two USGA events for Fox,'' said Norman, the analyst for the U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open. ''I'm not going to walk to the first tee and feel like I'm taking up the space of some young kid who could actually learn a heck of a lot more from it. I don't believe in doing that. I think it's so unfair to do that.''

In that respect, Norman speaks from experience.

He was scheduled to play at St. Andrews in 2010 but withdrew on the Friday before the Open because of lingering pain from shoulder surgery. He was replaced in the field that year by some young kid who made his British Open debut at St. Andrews - Jason Day.