(Carmel, IN) – Greg Norman, winner of 89 worldwide titles, including two British Open titles in 1986 and 1993, has committed to play in the 2009 U.S. Senior Open at Crooked Stick Golf Club, July 27-August 2.
Norman has appeared in the U.S. Senior Open twice – in 2005 and 2008 – finishing fourth in both.
Norman’s entry in the field provides U.S. Senior Open spectators with an opportunity to see one of golf’s most celebrated players.
During the 1990s, Norman held the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings for 331 consecutive weeks. He is a three-time team member on the International team in the President’s Cup (1998, 2000 and 2002) and will serve as Team Captain for the 2009 President’s Cup team which takes place this October.
“One of the most recognizable golfers in the world, Greg Norman appeals to fans of all ages,” says Steve Baker, Championship General Co-Chairman. “We’re excited to have him at Crooked Stick, and I know the community is proud to be hosting a field that includes many of golf’s greatest legends.”
A member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Norman isn’t a stranger to Crooked Stick, as Indiana golf fans saw him compete in the 1991 PGA Championship hosted at the same venue.
In November of 2008, Norman was the presenter for renowned golf course builder Pete Dye’s induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Dye, who serves as Honorary Chairman of the 2009 U.S. Senior Open, has designed more than 90 golf courses throughout the United States. Among those designs is Crooked Stick, which will measure more than 7,300 yards this summer making it the longest in U.S. Senior Open history.
“Greg is both a great player and a great friend,” says Pete Dye. “To have him back at The Stick, my home course, competing in a USGA Championship, is a thrill for me and the entire community.”
Visit the championship’s Web site at www.2009ussenioropen.com for complete information regarding tickets, players, volunteers, hospitality options and spectator tips.