Greg NormanGreg Norman
Mount Isa, Queensland Nationality Australia Wife Laura (married 1981, divorced 2007) Children Morgan Leigh, and Gregory Residence Hobe Sound, Florida Career Turned Pro 1974 Current Tour PGA Tour Professional wins 87 (PGA Tour: 20, European Tour: 14, PGA Tour of Australasia: 33, Other: 22) Best Results in Major Championships
Wins: 2 Masters 2nd/T2: 1986, 1987, 1996 U.S. Open 2nd: 1984, 1995 British Open Won 1986, 1993 PGA Championship 2nd: 1986, 1993 Awards PGA Tour of Australia
Order of Merit Winner 1978, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988 PGA Tour
Money Winner 1986, 1990, 1995 PGA Player of the Year 1995 PGA Tour
Player of the Year 1995 Vardon Trophy 1989, 1990, 1994 Byron Nelson Award 1988, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995 GCSAA Old Tom Morris Award 2008 GWAA Charlie Bartlett Award 2008
Gregory John Norman AM (born February 10, 1955) is an Australian professional golfer and entrepreneur who spent 331 weeks as the world's number one ranked golfer in the 1980s and 1990s. He is nicknamed "The Great White Shark," or simply "The Shark," a reference to a shark inhabiting Australian waters as well as Norman's size and aggressive golf style.
- 1 Career outline
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Major Championships
- 4 Professional wins (87)
- 5 Team appearances
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Norman was born in Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia to Merv --an English-born Australian, and Toini Norman -- of Eastern-Swedish descent. As a youth, he played sports such as rugby and cricket. His mother Toini Norman was a fine golfer who earned a handicap in the low single digits. Greg Norman took up golf for the first time at age 16, and within a year was playing to a scratch handicap. He began his career in golf as a trainee in the Royal Queensland golf shop for the famed Charlie Earp, earning AUD 28 a week. The first professional tournament he won was the 1976 Westlakes Classic in his home country, and he soon moved on to success on the European Tour and later the PGA Tour.
Norman won The Open Championship twice, in 1986 and 1993, and also won The Players Championship in 1994 in record-setting fashion (averaging 68.81 per round for the year). Despite his huge success on the U.S. PGA Tour and his many wins around the world, Norman will be forever regarded as an underachiever (given his talents), a characterization fueled by his myriad near-misses in The Masters, the U.S. Open, and the PGA Championship. He was equally a victim of his own bad luck and good luck on the part of his fellow golfers in major championships. He infamously lost a near-certain PGA Championship in 1986 after Bob Tway holed a greenside bunker shot (though Norman himself shot a 76 that day), and lost The Masters the following year in a playoff on an even more miraculous 45-yard chip shot by Larry Mize on the second play-off hole.
But not all of Norman's Major woes have been at the hands of others. Many times he has failed to perform in the final round of a tournament, whether it be a final-round 78 in the 1996 Masters (see below), a 73 in the 1995 US Open where even-par 70 would have won the tournament, or the 76 in the '86 PGA that set him up to be defeated by Bob Tway's bunker shot. Several of Norman's infamous "chokes" occurred when his wobble-prone putting got the better of him. In 1986, he led all four majors after the third round but won only the British Open. (This is jokingly referred to as the "Norman Slam" or the "Saturday Slam," as in he was leading after the third round on Saturday but lost in the final round on Sunday). He is one of only two players to have competed in - and, like Craig Wood, to have lost - play-offs in all four of the major championships. But perhaps the most embarrassing Norman meltdown of all occurred at The Masters in 1996, where he blew a six-stroke lead in the final round and lost the tournament to Nick Faldo by five strokes, shooting a Sunday 78 to Faldo's 67. ESPN, as part of their "ESPN25" 25th-anniversary celebration, ranked Norman's 1996 Masters mishap as the third-biggest sports choke of the last 25 years. Despite the losses, though, Norman still has 29 top-ten finishes in the majors.
After a career slump in the early 1990s, Norman turned to Butch Harmon, a well-known coach and instructor, for help. Together, the two rebuilt Norman's game to top form (The Pro, by Claude 'Butch' Harmon Jr., 2006) by solving mechanical problems which had crept into Norman's swing.
After Jack Nicklaus left his prime, Norman was regarded as probably the game's greatest long hitter. In his heyday, driving long and incredibly straight off the tee similar to that of Nick Price his contemporary with a persimmon (wood) clubhead, he intimidated most of his fellow professionals. However, with the advent of the "metal-wood" by TaylorMade and other subsequent advances in golf ball and golf club technology (especially the variable face depth driver), his dominance was significantly diminished, as the "new technology" enabled less precise ball-strikers than Norman to achieve equal (or even better) results in accuracy and distance. But whether the cause was shaken confidence, the new technology, or the emergence of golf's next generation of young stars (including Tiger Woods), Norman was never the same after his final Masters collapse. In the years since, Norman has focused more and more on business ventures and golf course design than on competitive play. He turned fifty in February 2005, but has not yet become a regular on the senior golf circuit, because of his other interests, significant back injuries and because he required knee surgery in October 2005 and February 2006.
Norman's friendly image and articulate nature has made him a perfect spokesman for a wide range of products, including the usual array of golf equipment (Greg is part owner of MacGregor Golf), but extending well beyond. While continuing to play tournaments (albeit in an abbreviated schedule), his growing business interests take up an increasing amount of his time. His personal wealth is estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars.
Norman's hobbies include offshore game fishing. He has owned a succession of increasingly large and luxurious boats (though his latest, called Aussie Rules, after the sport Australian rules football, may best be described as a small ship) for the purpose. He even described his "ugly" 1993 PGA Championship loss "[i]n fishing terms, this was a mackerel in the moonlight—shining one minute, smelly the next." He became a wine lover in the 1970s while playing at tournaments in Europe. Based in Hobe Sound, Florida, he typically plays only one or two tournaments per year in his homeland of Australia.
Norman won the PGA Tour of Australia's Order of Merit six times: 1978, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1986, and 1988. He won the European Tour's Order of Merit in 1982, and topped the PGA Tour's Money List in 1986, 1990, and 1995. He won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour three times: 1989, 1990, and 1994; and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001. His dominance over his peers (despite his comparative lack of success in the majors) was probably best expressed in the Official World Golf Rankings: Norman finished the season on top of the ranking list on seven occasions, in 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996 and 1997, and was second at the end of 1988, 1993 and 1994.
In May 2008, Norman played in only his third Champion's Tour event since turning 50, the 69th Senior PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club. Norman, having not played competitive golf regularly in the last several years, stayed in contention all week and wound up three shots behind eventual winner Jay Haas (+7), tying for sixth place. His soon-to-be wife, tennis legend Chris Evert, has been a large part of Norman's consideration to enter events on the PGA and Champions tour. "I would doubt he'd go back full time," Evert said. "But for him to keep it up, one or two tournaments a month or whatever, would be great. I would 100 per cent support him if that's what he wanted to do."
In 1986, Norman was awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Overseas Personality Award, a feat he replicated in 1993 to join Muhammad Ali and Björn Borg as multiple winners (They have since been joined by Roger Federer). He received the 2008 Old Tom Morris Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, GCSAA's highest honor, at the 2008 Golf Industry Show in Orlando. Norman is a member of The Environmental Institute for Golf's board of trustees and also chairs The Institute's advisory council. He was the also the recipient of the Golf Writers Association of America's 2008 Charlie Bartlett Award.
Greg attended Aspley State High School on the north side of Brisbane, Queensland. He married an American flight attendant named Laura Andrassy on July 1, 1981. They have two children: Morgan Leigh (born October 5, 1982 in the U.S.), and Gregory (born September 9, 1985. The family lived in Hobe Sound, Florida. His daughter Morgan attended Boston College, majored in English, and for a short while dated golfer Sergio García. His son Gregory graduated from the University of Miami, majoring in international business and marketing.
In May 2006 Greg Norman announced that he would be getting divorced. He refused to comment on the reasons for this, other than to say there was no third party involved. Greg Norman's net worth is estimated at $500 million.
Norman had attempted to "starve out" his wife Laura by canceling her credit cards and changing the locks to their $35 million home. This was done in an attempt to force Laura to slash the $300 million divorce settlement which was originally agreed to in June 2006. Norman's legal team also sent Laura a letter stating Norman's refusal to provide his wife with any more financial funds to continue her legal representation unless she agreed to a reduced amount of the divorce settlement.
In September 2007 Norman announced his intention to marry former tennis champ Chris Evert. The couple became engaged on Sunday, December 9, 2007. Evert has been married twice: to British tennis player John Lloyd (1979-87) and former American ski racer Andy Mill (1988-2006), with whom she has three sons. After Chris's divorce, Mill wished Evert and Greg Norman 'happiness'.
Norman and his wife commissioned the 228 ft luxury yacht "Aussie Rules", built by Australia ferry builder Austal/Oceanfast. The boat held four sports boats, including a 60ft custom sportfisherman, along with stowage for related gear: 200 rods. Built of aluminium, she could cruise at 15 knots with a range of 8,000 Nm. The boat cost $70 million, but resulted in Austal making an AUS$18 million loss. The boat was quickly sold by Norman in 2004 for a rumored $77 million to the founder of Blockbuster Video, Wayne Huizenga. She is now renamed M/Y Floridian, and available for charter at $400 000 per week or sale.
Norman was also an early customer for the Boeing Business Jet, which he had ordered with custom fitted bedroom and office. However, the downturn in the Asian markets adversely affected his golf course design business, and he later cancelled the order after acting as an ambassador for Boeing He eventually retained his Gulfstream V.
Wins (2)Year Championship 54 Holes Winning Score Margin Runners Up 1986The Open Championship1 shot lead E (74-63-74-69=280) 5 strokes Gordon J. Brand1993The Open Championship(2) 1 shot deficit -13 (66-68-69-64=267) 2 strokes Nick Faldo
Norman had 29 top-ten finishes in the majors between 1979 and 1999. In 2005 he qualified to play on the Champions Tour. He may continue to enter some majors as a senior, but is unlikely to contend for further major titles.Tournament 1977 1978 1979 The MastersDNP DNP DNP U.S. OpenDNP DNP T48 The Open ChampionshipCUT T29 T10 PGA ChampionshipDNP DNP DNP
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
Summary of major championship performances
- Starts - 88
- Wins - 2
- 2nd place finishes - 8
- Top 3 finishes - 13
- Top 5 finishes - 19
- Top 10 finishes - 29
- Longest streak of top-10s in majors - 3
Professional wins (87)
PGA Tour wins (20)
- 1984 (2) Kemper Open, Canadian Open
- 1986 (3) Panasonic Las Vegas Invitational, Kemper Open, The Open Championship
- 1988 (1) MCI Heritage Golf Classic
- 1989 (2) The International, Greater Milwaukee Open
- 1990 (2) Doral-Ryder Open, Memorial Tournament
- 1992 (1) Canadian Open
- 1993 (2) Doral-Ryder Open, The Open Championship
- 1994 (1) The Players Championship
- 1995 (3) Memorial Tournament, Canon Greater Hartford Open, NEC World Series of Golf
- 1996 (1) Doral-Ryder Open
- 1997 (2) FedEx St. Jude Classic, NEC World Series of Golf
Major championships are shown in bold.
European Tour wins (14)
- 1977 (1) Martini International
- 1979 (1) Martini International
- 1980 (2) Paco Rabanne Open de France, Scandinavian Enterprise Open
- 1981 (2) Martini International, Dunlop Masters
- 1982 (3) Dunlop Masters, State Express English Classic, Benson & Hedges International Open
- 1986 (2) The Open Championship, Panasonic European Open
- 1988 (1) Lancia Italian Open
- 1993 (1) The Open Championship
- 1994 (1) Johnnie Walker Classic
Wins in Australia (33)
- 1976 (1) West Lakes Classic
- 1978 (4) New South Wales Open, Traralgon Classic, Caltex Festival of Sydney Open, South Seas Classic
- 1979 (1) Traralgon Classic
- 1980 (1) Australian Open
- 1981 (1) Australian Masters
- 1983 (3) Australian Masters, Stefan Queensland Open, National Panasonic New South Wales Open
- 1984 (3) Victorian Open, Australian Masters, Australian PGA Championship
- 1985 (2) Toshiba Australian PGA Championship, National Panasonic Australian Open
- 1986 (4) Stefan Queensland Open, National Panasonic New South Wales Open, West End Jubilee South Australian Open, National Panasonic Western Australian Open
- 1987 (2) Australian Masters, National Panasonic Australian Open
- 1988 (4) Palm Meadows Cup, ESP Open, PGA National Tournament Players Championship, Panasonic New South Wales Open
- 1989 (2) Australian Masters, PGA National Tournament Players Championship
- 1990 (1) Australian Masters
- 1995 (1) Australian Open
- 1996 (2) Ford South Australian Open, Australian Open
- 1998 (1) Greg Norman Holden International
Other wins (22)
- 1977 Kuzuhz International (Japan)
- 1979 Hong Kong Open
- 1980 Suntory World Match Play Championship (England - not a European Tour event at that time)
- 1983 Hong Kong Open, Cannes Invitational (France - not a European Tour event), Suntory World Match Play Championship (England - not a European Tour event at that time), Kapalua International (United States)
- 1985 Alfred Dunhill Cup (United Kingdom - team)
- 1986 Suntory World Match Play Championship (England - not a European Tour event at that time), Alfred Dunhill Cup (United Kingdom - team), PGA Grand Slam of Golf (U.S. - unofficial event)
- 1989 The Crowns (Japan Golf Tour)
- 1993 Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters (Japan Golf Tour), PGA Grand Slam of Golf (U.S. - unofficial event)
- 1994 PGA Grand Slam of Golf (U.S. - unofficial event), Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (with Paul Azinger and Fred Couples)
- 1995 Fred Meyer Challenge (with Brad Faxon)
- 1996 Fred Meyer Challenge (with Brad Faxon)
- 1997 Fred Meyer Challenge (with Brad Faxon), Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf
- 1998 Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout (with Steve Elkington)
- 2001 Skins Game
- Dunhill Cup (representing Australia): 1985 (winners), 1986 (winners), 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996
- Presidents Cup (International team): 1994 (withdrew), 1996, 1998 (winners), 2000
- Hennessy Cognac Cup: 1982
- Nissan Cup: 1985, 1986
- Kirin Cup: 1987
- Four Tours: 1989
- ^ Legacy of an Australian idol, The Sun-Herald, 11 July, 2004.
- ^ Rusty Norman withdraws from Open, BBC Sport, 4 July 2006.
- ^ The Gigantic Book of Golf Quotations, ed. Jim Apfelbaum. 2007.
- ^ "Drinking and Driving". Fortune, November 14, 2005, pages 110–111.
- ^ Norman Takes State Junior Golf Title
- ^ Norman To Be Honored By American Australian Association
- ^ a b 2002 U.S. Open - Players - Greg Norman
- ^ Spanish golfer dating Norman's daughter - Breaking News - Sport - Breaking News
- ^ Sergio's a great guy - Norman | PerthNow
- ^ Greg Norman Agrees to Divorce Settlement : Divorce Blog : StraightDivorce.com : Dallas Texas Divorce Attorneys
- ^ It's over - but we'll always remain friends - Golf - Sport - smh.com.au
- ^ Is Shark now the Great White Rat? | NEWS.com.au
- ^ The Age: national, world, business, entertainment, sport and technology news from Melbourne's leading newspaper
- ^ Greg Norman's £50m divorce deal leaves him free to marry Chris Evert | the Daily Mail
- ^ Oceanfast Megayacht Aussie Rules - Power & Motoryacht - The Courage of His Convictions
- ^ Surging sails
- ^ Floridian (ex Aussie Rules) - Luxury Motor Yacht
- ^ No new plane for Norman
- ^ http://www.golfdigest.com/majors/masters/index.ssf?/majors/masters/gd200204norman.html
- Shark.com Greg Norman's official personal and business web site
- Profile on the PGA Tour of Australasia's official site
- Profile on the PGA Tour's website
- Greg Norman on About.com Profile and stats
- Greg Norman on MacGregor Golf Norman on MacGregor Golf's Tour Staff
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