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Greg Norman set to miss Australian Open

Greg Norman is set to miss his first Australian Open in almost a decade.

The former world No.1's manager Bart Collins hinted strongly today that the Australian Open, to be held on the Greg Norman-designed The Grand course on Queensland's Gold Coast from November 22-25, doesn't fit in the Shark's schedule.

Collins said he had spoken about the possibility of renewing Norman's contract for the Open with Australian Golf Union boss Colin Phillips at last month's US Masters at Augusta but the two parties were still "toing-and-froing that right now".

But Collins admitted a new deal might not be possible this year.

"I'm not being evasive, believe me. The fact of the matter is Greg's up in the air as to whether or not we're going to come to appropriate terms with the AGU for him to play the Australian Open," Collins said.

"It's a matter of other strains on his time and other opportunities that have been presented to him that week.

"One opportunity is a tournament and the other opportunities, which are more pressing, are his commitments to his development company Medallist Developments and his commitments to golf course design."

An Australian Open without Norman would be like summer without sunshine.

The five-time champion hasn't missed an Open since 1992 when he chose to spend Thanksgiving Day in America with his children.

He also skipped the event in 1983 after withdrawing injured the previous year, but has played in every other Open since missing the cut on debut in 1976.


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