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Shoulder surgery for the Shark

September 30, 2009

Presidents Cup International Team Captain Greg Norman has issued a press release saying he had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Wednesday. According to Norman, "The procedure will in no way impact my responsibilities at The Presidents Cup."

Just don't expect any Tiger-like uppercut fist pumps from the Shark during the competition.

Following a 2008 season that saw Norman nearly win the British Open at Royal Birkdale after holding the 54-hole lead, 2009 hasn't brought the same kind of magic. Norman missed the cut at both the Masters and the British Open and let chances to win slip away in the final round of both the U.S. and British Senior Opens.

He said in the statement that he has been "experiencing ongoing discomfort in his right shoulder," and that the timing of the operation will allow him to return to competition for both the Australian Open and The Shark Shootout in December.

Next week's long-drive contest with U.S. captain Fred Couples in San Francisco, however, is now off.

--Alex Myers