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PGA CHAMPIONSHIP / DAILY REPORT : Norman Needs Big Comeback to Win Today

August 14, 1994|THOMAS BONK

TULSA, Okla. — It has been close but no PGA for Greg Norman, who twice has come tantalizingly close.

He lost last year's PGA Championship when Paul Azinger beat him in a playoff.

In 1986, he squandered a four-shot lead with nine holes to go and finished second to Bob Tway.

Norman needs to make up five shots in a hurry today if he is going to have any chance at winning his first PGA.

"I know I'm going to have to shoot something low," he said. "Anything below 65, they'll look at.

"I know I've got a chance. I know I've played well. As far as I'm concerned, I'm playing for a win tomorrow. I'm not playing for second."

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Jay Haas remembered some good advice he once got from his uncle, Bob Goalby.

"I was trying to qualify for the national junior and I was a lock for it, but I shot an 85," he said.

"My uncle came by and asked he what I shot. I said 'I shot 85' and he said, 'Well, it won't be the last time you shoot 80.'

"Here I was expecting some kind of pep talk. But, you know, he was right."

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Falling stars: First-round co-leader Colin Montgomerie shot 76 Friday and 70 Saturday and is tied for 34th.

Fred Couples, one shot off the lead after the first round, is tied for 59th after back-to-back rounds of 74 and 75.

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