Shark to rejoin PGA Tour
by Associated Press
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP)?
Greg Norman will rejoin the PGA Tour next year, allowing him to play in as many tournaments as he wants.
Norman gave up his PGA Tour membership last year because he played in only 11 events, one short of the minimum.
The two-time British Open champion was allowed only five sponsors' exemptions in 2002, along with whatever majors or World Golf Championships for which he was eligible. He wound up playing 13 times, and made the cut in all four majors.
Norman will not claim "home circuit" status for the 2003 season. Foreign-born players can use that to play their home tours without having to get a release from the PGA Tour.
Instead, the PGA Tour will allow Norman to play a liberal amount of overseas events without making him play at least 12 tour events to retain his membership. Norman gives up his voting privileges under the compromise.
The 47-year-old Norman has not said how often he plans to play next year. He divides his time among tournaments and a number of businesses, such as golf course design, real estate, apparel and wines.
Norman is eligible to play the PGA Tour through a lifetime exemption, which he earned by playing for at least 15 years and winning at least 20 times.