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Greg Norman and Chris Evert announce separation

October 2, 2009 |  4:09 pm

Normanevert_300Hall of Famers Greg Norman, a two-time British Open golf champion, and Chris Evert, winner of 18 Grand Slam tennis titles, are no longer the perfect sports couple. The newlyweds announced that they have separated just days before Norman is to captain the International team in the President's Cup competition.

They were married in June 2008 in The Bahamas. A month later, Norman, then 53, was nine holes away from becoming golf's oldest champion in a Grand Slam tournament when he led the British Open. He eventually tied for third.

The couple said in a statement, "We will remain friends and supportive of one another's family."

No word whether a divorce is pending.

This is Evert's third marriage, all to athletes. She had been married to British tennis player John Lloyd and then skiing star Andy Mills. She has three sons with Mills. Norman divorced his first wife after he and Evert began dating. He has two children from that marriage. 

-- Dan Loumena

Photo: Chris Evert and Greg Norman take in a U.S. Open semifinal match last month in New York. Credit: Andrew Gombert / European Pressphoto Agency