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Greg Norman declines PGA Chapionship invitation

Greg Norman, whose impressive run to a third-place finish at the British Open brought him an invitation to the PGA Championship, has turned down the place in the last major of the year.

Norman, 53, said Monday he would forego the tournament at Oakland Hills next week in order to fulfill a previous commitment.

Norman was offered an exemption by the PGA of America after his dramatic performance at the British Open, where he held the 54-hole lead before finishing third.

Norman followed up that performance with a tie for fifth at the Senior British Open over the weekend and is headed to Colorado for the US Senior Open, which starts Thursday at the Broadmoor.

"While I truly appreciate the PGA extending me an exemption for this year's PGA Championship, I have elected to decline in favor of adhering to the professional and personal commitments I made prior to The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale," Norman said on his web site.

"I wish the PGA and Oakland Hills all the very best for what I'm sure will be a great week for golf."

The PGA Championship will be played August 7-10 at Oakland Hills in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Tiger Woods, the two-time defending champion, will be absent as he continues his recovery from knee surgery.


July 29, 2008

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