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Notes Norman Contending Despite Driving

NORTON, Mass. -- Greg Norman shot 4-under 67 Saturday at the Deutsche Bank Championship with 13 clubs ' at least 13 good clubs. He had all 14 in his bag, but there was one club that kept his score from being a little lower.
I put a new driver in the bag this week and I am not finding the fairways too good, said Norman, who hit six of 14 fairways in Round 2. I will get the old driver back in the bag for tomorrow.
Its sitting in the locker, just waiting for me to go get it.
Chronic back pains have limited Norman to just six starts on the PGA Tour this season. This will be his third cut made; he has missed one cut and twice been forced to withdraw.
He still believes, however, that he is just four healthy days from claiming his first tour victory since the 1997 NEC World Series of Golf.
I am right on the edge of playing well. If my back holds up, I am okay, he said. Its not like my game has left me. I practice a lot at home. I know I still have it.
Norman has always been a fan favorite and received an enormous applause as he walked off the 18th green Saturday. He also got a few encouraging cheers in relation to his daughter, who attends Boston College.
I have heard a lot of Go Eagles since I have been here, he said. Since she is a junior, we have had a lot of ticket requests.
Vijay Singh has won twice this season -- Phoenix and Byron Nelson -- and if he could go on a serious winning stretch over the remainder of the schedule he might find himself with an outside chance to garner Player of the Year honors.
But that's not his motivation.
'Player of the Year has never crossed my mind,' he said after shooting 68 to get to 10 under, within two of the 36-hole lead.
'I think my objective is to play each tournament and try to win it, and then assess my performance at the end of the year and see how I've done.
'If I've done enough to win Player of the Year, then it's, you know, well and fine. But I cannot be going out there and thinking about winning.'
Geoff Ogilvy has furthered showed this week that his game is back on track.
Ogilvy missed six straight cuts in a seven-week span in the middle of the season, but since has a pair of top-10 finishes and a tie for 27th at the PGA Championship.
I think I played too many tournaments, said the 26-year-old Australian. I felt like I should have had three weeks off, but I really didnt take off any time and I never really recovered.
After missing cut No. 6-in-a-row at the Western, Ogilvy went to his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., and took a four-week hiatus from the tour.
I just hung out, he said. I played golf everyday, but I didnt stand on the range and hit balls. I just went out and had a bit of fun, which is relaxing for most of us.
Ogilvy returned at the Buick Open, where he tied for second. He then finished eighth at The International, and cracked the top 30 at Oak Hill.
This is his third year on tour since making his way through Q-School in 2000. He has steadily improved, finishing 95th on the money list in 01 and 64th last season. He entered this week at 49th.
If you would have told me when I turned pro, I would play two years in Europe and keep my card and play three years here and keep my card, I would say, yeah, thats pretty good, he said.
But if you said I wouldnt have won on tour ' well, you could definitely always be worse, but it could be a little bit better. As long as youre staying afloat out here and paying the bills, its all pretty good.
Garrett Willis aced his second hole in the second round, when his 4-iron from 208 yards found the bottom of the cup at the par-3 11th.
It was the 22nd hole-in-one on tour this season, and the first in tournament history.
He shot 1-over 72 to finish 36 holes at 4 under par. Its the 13th cut hes made this season in 24 starts.
Since winning the 2001 Tucson Open in his first PGA Tour start as a card-carrying member, Willis has made only 37 cuts in 85 events.
His two-year exemption will expire at the end of this season. He is currently 139th on the money list, with the top 125 by seasons end earning full exempt status.
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