Norman: I’m filling out my entry form for The Open now

Greg Norman's year could take another strange twist as he is planning to try and qualify for The Open at St Andrews.

The Aussie, who is the front-and-centre face of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf International Series, last played in The Open at Turnberry in 2009. The previous year he very nearly pulled off a remarkable win at Royal Birkdale when he took a two-shot lead into the final round at the age of 53.

Now aged 67, seven years beyond the cut-off point for being eligible as a former champion, he would have to qualify, something that he is considering taking on.

“I’m filling out my entry form now; I think I’m going," he told News Corp Australia. “I think I can still get in. It’s the 150th. I’m a past Open Champion. I love St Andrews. If there's a moment in time that I would consider going back and teeing off one last time. Maybe this is it."

If he did pull it off he would sign off at the Old Course as the likes of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Sir Nick Faldo and Tom Watson all did.

"I love St Andrews. I love the history, I love the fact that you can play it backwards. There's not a golf shot out there that's boring to me. Everything's got character, every shot's got to be played, every club in your bag has got to be used. There's so much goodness about the golf course and it's stood the test of time."

By this point the LIV Golf International Series would be up and running and players from the DP World and PGA Tours might well have been banned from playing should they sign up to Norman's league.

As with a lot of things Norman seems to say at the moment we might want to take this with a pinch of salt but it would be fascinating to see how he gets on in any sort of qualifying guise.