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Norman may withdraw with back injury

Greg Norman will test his injured back on the driving range on Tuesday before deciding whether to contest this week’s US PGA Championship at Oak Hill in New York.

The dual British Open champion suffered a recurrence of an earlier back injury at the weekend, forcing him to withdraw after just one hole of his final round of The International in Colorado.

Having receiving a cortisone injection in his lower back on Monday, the 48-year-old will practice at a range near his Florida home before deciding whether to travel to New York for the year’s final major.

"I am going to do everything I can over the next couple days to prepare for the PGA Championship," Norman told his official website,

"I am very thankful that the PGA of America granted me a special exemption, and it is my sincere hope that I will be able to perform to my level of satisfaction at Oak Hill."

The Shark has played just three events since being diagnosed with a stress fracture of a vertebra during The Players Championship in March, with his best result of the season a tie for 18th at the British Open in July.

If he decides to play Norman will do so alongside Spaniard Sergio Garcia and American Scott Verplank during the first two rounds, but Japan’s Hidemichi Tanaka is waiting on a possible berth as the first alternate.


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