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Greg Norman has back surgery

Former world number one Greg Norman underwent back surgery in Pittsburgh on Tuesday to alleviate the persistent pain that has made him consider retirement.

"I had a simple choice," Norman said in a statement on his website. "Either retire from the game of golf or seek any and all available means to help relieve the pain that has kept me from performing at a level that suits my standards and at the same time improves the quality of my life."

The 50-year-old Australian underwent a 90-minute operation at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Presbyterian Hospital and expects to resume his playing schedule in three months.

Norman, twice British Open champion, is scheduled to return to his Florida home on Wednesday where he will begin rehabilitation and physical therapy.

"My desire remains the same, and that is to return to competition as soon as possible," said Norman.

Bothered by recurring back pain, Norman had reduced his golf schedule, most recently withdrawing from this month's Dubai Desert Classic.

 

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