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Greg Norman will miss US Open

Greg Norman's chances of winning another major championship aren't helped by the news that he won't try to qualify for next month's US Open.

Norman is not exempt for the Open, to be played at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma, from June 14, and he will not contest sectional qualifying because of a previous commitment.

"He's had a date on his calendar for two years," said Norman's spokesman, John Story.

"It's unfortunate, but two years ago he would have had no idea this clash might have occurred.

"It's a bad situation but we're still hopeful Greg might be able to play the Open."

Story was hoping there was still an outside chance Norman may be granted a "special exemption" by the US Golf Association.

However, this appears unlikely, because the USGA this year expanded its qualification categories, and is expected to be extremely frugal handing out "special exemptions".

The top 50 world-ranked players after this week's tournaments will be exempt, up from 20 last year.

Norman currently is ranked 55th. He is not playing this week and it is mathematically impossible for him to jump into the top 50.

Open sectional qualifying will be held on June 4-5. Norman plans to play next week's Memorial tournament, which ends on June 3, but is unavailable to tee it up the following two days.

Story was tight-lipped as to the exact nature of Norman's commitment, refusing to divulge whether it was professional or personal.

As much as 46-year-old Norman would love to add to his two British Open titles, it seems increasingly likely he will retire without an American major on his resume.

He has missed the cut in his past three US Open and past two US PGA Championship appearances and, last month, he bowed out early at the Masters.

His recent form has been lacklustre. He finished among the also-rans at New Orleans three weeks ago and last week missed the cut by a country mile at the Colonial tournament.

 


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