Norman withdraws from Tradition

August 20, 2009

SUNRIVER, Ore. - Greg Norman's first trip to the Jeld-Wen Tradition was a short one. The two-time British Open champion withdrew Thursday morning because of back spasms shortly before his 9:26 tee time on the Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort. According to tournament officials, Norman sought treatment and tried to warm up but wasn't able to go.  Norman, 54, has played five Champions Tour events in 2009, his busiest senior schedule since he turned 50. "It's a great setting here," Norman said Wednesday. "I had not been here before, and Jeld-Wen has been a good supporter of the PGA Tour and I felt it was right to play here." The Shark has yet to win on the Champions Tour, but he had top-10s in the Senior British Open and U.S. Senior Open this summer. He led in the latter through 54 holes at Crooked Stick, but was overtaken by a red-hot Fred Funk in the final round.  Norman's withdrawal left Craig Stadler and Peter Jacobsen to play as a twosome. Jacobsen has had multiple health issues, including getting joint replacements in his left hip and right knee. -- Bill Fields Â