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Norman says no to PGA

JUPITER, Fla. -- Greg Norman turned down an invitation Monday to play in the PGA Championship, deciding to stick to a previous commitment instead of competing for the fourth consecutive week.

The PGA of America offered Norman an exemption after he had the 54-hole lead in the British Open and finished third. He tied for fifth last week at the Senior British Open, and plays this week in the U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor in Colorado.

Norman made the announcement on his Web site, thanking the PGA for the invitation. The PGA Championship will be played Aug. 7-10 at Oakland Hills in Bloomfield Township, Mich.

Norman, who played the British Open while on his honeymoon with tennis great Chris Evert, said he would return to work next week as CEO of Great White Shark Enterprises.

Still to be determined is whether he will accept his invitation to the Masters for finishing among the top four in the British Open.

SHOW HIM THE MONEY -- Chris Wood turned professional on Monday, just over a week after finishing as the highest placed amateur at the British Open.

The 20-year-old Wood tied for fifth with Jim Furyk at Royal Birkdale, seven shots behind winner Padraig Harrington. Wood signed with the International Sports Management group and will receive invitations to European Tour events.

Wood, who had his father Richard carrying his bag at the British Open, has already been invited to play at the British Masters at The Belfry.

ANOTHER MAJOR -- Lorena Ochoa is the defending champion at the Women's British Open that begins Thursday at Sunningdale, in Berkshire, England.

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