Greg Norman, the galleon figure in the new Saudi-backed Super Golf League, plans to return at this year’s Open Championship.
The 67-year-old, who won the Claret Jug in 1986 and 1993, has not competed professionally for a decade, but says he wants to compete at St. Andrews on the 150th edition of the event.
Norman, who has tried to sign stars for his new breakaway tour this year, has not played at the Open since 2009 and refused to occupy his automatic seat as a previous winner in 2010 and 2015 in St. Louis. Andrews.
Unless a special dispensation is granted, the Australian, who is now over 60, must qualify for the major, which begins on 14 July.
Norman told News Corp: ‘I think I can still get in. It’s the 150th. I’m a former Open champion. I love St Andrews.
‘If there’s a moment in time where I would consider going back and taking the tee one last time. Maybe this is it.
‘I love St Andrews. I love the story, I love the fact that you can play it backwards. There’s not a golf course out there that’s boring to me. Everything has character, every shot must be played, every club in your bag must be used.
“There is so much good about the golf course and it has stood the test of time.”
Norman is one of Australia’s most announced golfers and has won 88 titles through a professional career that spanned three decades.
His two Open victories at Turnberry in 1986 and Royal St George’s in 1993 were the outstanding performances of a strong major record that made him number two at the Masters three times.
His best exhibitions at St. Andrews came in 1984 and 1990, when he finished as number six.
Norman has found it difficult to lure top players to his new tour, and reports suggest a possible Open return could be an advertising stunt to get interest in the rival league.
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