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Greg Norman's surgery a success

Greg Norman is hoping to return for the PGA Championship in August. Allsport.

Greg Norman hopes to return for the PGA Championship in mid-August after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right hip Wednesday.

Dr. Marc J. Philippon performed the procedure at Holy Cross Hospital and said the tear in Norman's labrum was larger than expected.

"We were able to perform a complete debridement of the torn portion of the labrum and from that Greg will immediately experience relief from pain," Philippon said. "Although we did employ the use of a temperature-controlled heat probe to enhance the stability of the joint, his main problem was the torn labrum. He should be hitting balls again in three to four weeks. We're hopeful he will meet his goal of returning to competition by the PGA Championship."

Norman returned to his Jupiter Island, Fla., home and already has begun his rehabilitation. The winner of 74 worldwide golf tournaments, he will miss theOpen, an event he has captured twice.

The injury hampered Norman for several years and caused increased discomfort in recent months. It prohibits a full hip turn, which has periodically affected his performance over the past few years.

Norman, 45, also has been bothered by shoulder problems and underwent arthroscopic surgery in April 1998. He has not won a PGA Tournament since capturing the FedEx St. Jude Classic and NEC World Series of Golf in 1997. His best showing this season was a fourth-place finish at the Buick Classic earlier this month, but he missed the cut at the U.S. Open.

Nicknamed "The Shark," Norman has 18 career victories on the PGA Tour and another 56 in international play, including theOpen in 1986 and 1993.

Norman narrowly missed election to the World Golf Hall of Fame in March. He was named on 70.1 percent of the 217 ballots returned. For membership, a person had to appear on 75 percent of the ballots.

 

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