Norman unsure when hell come back


NAPLES, Fla. – Greg Norman isn’t sure when he’ll tee it up in competition again.

It could be as early as April or as late as June.

Norman had arthroscopic surgery 12 weeks ago on his right shoulder to repair labrum and rotator cuff injuries. Doctors have told him he can begin hitting golf balls at the end of February with every club except a driver.

“I really have no idea what my schedule is going to be,” Norman said. “Just going to see April, May, June, how it’s going to play out.”

Norman is 54. He was asked if he’s coming back simply to enjoy the game again or if he still has a competitive desire to win.

“I can’t answer that question because I haven’t been able to go out and hit balls with the new shoulder,” Norman said. “I played for quite a few years with my shoulder popping out of the socket. I could feel it, and it was affecting my swing. Now my doctor says I’m going to have a much tighter swing. My shoulder is going to be much more supportive of my swing, so I don’t know what to expect.”

Norman said he began working with Jim McLean as his swing coach last year and plans to continue working with him.