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Norman played Fox Chapel for the first time Wednesday in the pro-am. Many of the pros came away gushing about the “unique” old-style 1919 Seth Raynor-designed course.

“The course is in the best shape possible,” said Mark Calcavecchia, who won the tour event last weekend in Montreal. “I won’t say ever. But it’s close to being the best ever. It’s just perfect.”

The tournament has its fourth different home in as many years and has been staged at five courses since a 16-year run at TPC Michigan in Dearborn ended in 2006.

“I hope they keep it here forever,” Tom Watson said. “It’s a wonderful golf course. I am so impressed with it here at Fox Chapel.

“(Corey Pavin) made the comment, and I agreed with him 100 percent, he said `When I finished the 18th hole, I wanted to go start playing again.’ That’s the true measure of a great golf course.”

Watson is making his first start since he withdrew from a tournament in April due to a wrist injury.

Defending champion Fred Couples plays in the third group to tee off Thursday along with Calcavecchia and Jay Haas. Norman, Watson and Tom Lehman are in the following group.

The only two-time winner on the tour this year, Michael Allen, tees off with the sixth group. He retook the series points lead by tying for fifth in Montreal.