Golf: Setback for Norman

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GREG NORMAN has been forced to withdraw from the President's Cup matchplay tournament, which starts in Gainsville, Virginia, on Friday, after complications set in following surgery for haemorrhoids.

Norman, 39, had a serious case of haemorrhoids which became infected after surgery two weeks ago near his home in Florida, and he is being evaluated by specialists at the University of Texas Health Science Centre in Houston. His condition was described in a statement as 'persistent gastro-intestinal symptoms'.

Norman is to be replaced by his fellow Australian Bradley Hughes in the 12-man international team to play the United States.