Greg Norman

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Greg Norman
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Personal information
Full nameGregory John Norman AO
NicknameThe (Great White) Shark
Born (1955-02-10) 10 February 1955 (age 64)
Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm) [1]
Weight180 lb (82 kg) [1]
NationalityFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Residence Jupiter Island, Florida, United States
Spouse1981–2007 Laura Andrassy
2008–2009  Chris Evert
2010–present Kirsten Kutner
ChildrenMorgan Leigh, Gregory
Career
Turned professional1976
Former tour(s) PGA Tour of Australasia
PGA Tour
European Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins88
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 20
European Tour 14
Japan Golf Tour2
PGA Tour of Australasia 31 (3rd all-time)
Other23
Best results in major championships
(wins: 2)
Masters Tournament 2nd/T2: 1986, 1987, 1996
PGA Championship 2nd: 1986, 1993
U.S. Open 2nd: 1984, 1995
The Open Championship Won: 1986, 1993
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 2001 (member page)
PGA Tour of Australia
Order of Merit winner
1978, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988
European Tour
Order of Merit winner
1982
PGA Tour
leading 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
Old Tom Morris Award 2008
Charlie Bartlett Award2008

Gregory John Norman AO (born 10 February 1955) [2] [3] is an Australian professional golfer and entrepreneur [4] who spent 331 weeks as the world's Number 1 Official World Golf Rankings ranked golfer in the 1980s and 1990s. [5] He has won 88 professional tournaments, including 20 PGA Tour tournaments and two majors: The Open Championships in 1986 and 1993. [6] [7] [8] Norman also earned thirty top-10 finishes and was the runner-up 8 times in majors throughout his career. [9] He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001 with the highest percentage of votes (80%) of any golfer to date. [10] In a reference to his blond hair, size, aggressive golf style and his birthplace's native coastal animal, Norman's nickname is "The Great White Shark" (often shortened to just "The Shark"), which he earned after his play at the 1981 Masters. [11] [12]

Order of Australia National order of chivalry of the Commonwealth of Australia

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Professional golfer golfer with professional status; ordinarily cannot play in amateur tournaments

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PGA Tour Golf tour in the United States

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During and after his playing career, Norman engaged in numerous entrepreneurial and philanthropic endeavors. He currently serves as the chairman and CEO of the Greg Norman Company, a global corporation with a portfolio of companies in fields like apparel, interior design, real estate, private equity, golf course design, and more. [7] Norman has also donated to and established numerous charities and charity events like the QBE Shootout which benefits the CureSearch for Children's Cancer fund. [13] He became a Trustee of the Environmental Institute for Golf in 2004 [14] and received the Golf Writers Association of America's Bartlett Award in 2008 for his philanthropic endeavors. [15]

Interior design art and science of enhancing the interiors, sometimes including the exterior, of a space or building, to achieve a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing environment for the end user

Interior design is the art and science of enhancing the interior of a building to achieve a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing environment for the people using the space. An interior designer is someone who plans, researches, coordinates, and manages such projects. Interior design is a multifaceted profession that includes conceptual development, space planning, site inspections, programming, research, communicating with the stakeholders of a project, construction management, and execution of the design.

Real estate is "property consisting of land and the buildings on it, along with its natural resources such as crops, minerals or water; immovable property of this nature; an interest vested in this (also) an item of real property, buildings or housing in general. Also: the business of real estate; the profession of buying, selling, or renting land, buildings, or housing." It is a legal term used in jurisdictions whose legal system is derived from English common law, such as India, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, United States, Canada, Pakistan, Australia, and New Zealand.

Private equity typically refers to investment funds, generally organized as limited partnerships, that buy and restructure companies that are not publicly traded.

In 2009 as part of the Q150 celebrations, Greg Norman was announced as one of the Q150 Icons of Queensland for his role as a "sports legend". [16]

Q150 150th anniversary of Queensland, Australia as an independent colony and state

Q150 was the sesquicentenary of the Separation of Queensland from New South Wales in 1859. Separation established the Colony of Queensland which became the State of Queensland in 1901 as part of the Federation of Australia. Q150 was celebrated in 2009.

Early years

Norman in 1969 on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Young Norman in 1969 on the Great Barrer Reef, Australia.tif
Norman in 1969 on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

Norman was born in Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia to Mervin and Toini Norman. His mother was the daughter of a Finnish carpenter, and his father an electrical engineer. [11] [17] As a youth, he played rugby and cricket and aspired to be a professional surfer. [11] [18] His mother Toini, who had a single-figure handicap, taught the 15-year-old Norman how to golf and allowed him to caddy for her at the Virginia Golf Club in Brisbane. [11] [19] Within about eighteen months, Norman went from a 27 handicap to a scratch handicap. [20] Norman attended Townsville Grammar School in Townsville, Queensland (enrolled 1964) then moved on to Aspley State High School on the north side of Brisbane. [21]

Mount Isa City in Queensland, Australia

Mount Isa is a city in the Gulf Country region of Queensland, Australia. It came into existence because of the vast mineral deposits found in the area. Mount Isa Mines (MIM) is one of the most productive single mines in world history, based on combined production of lead, silver, copper and zinc.

Queensland North-east state of Australia

Queensland is the second-largest and third-most populous state in the Commonwealth of Australia. Situated in the north-east of the country, it is bordered by the Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales to the west, south-west and south respectively. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean. To its north is the Torres Strait, with Papua New Guinea located less than 200 km across it from the mainland. The state is the world's sixth-largest sub-national entity, with an area of 1,852,642 square kilometres (715,309 sq mi).

Finns or Finnish people are a Finnic ethnic group native to Finland.

Career

Early professional career: 1975–1980

In 1975, at the age of 20, Norman served as assistant professional under Billy McWilliam OAM at Beverley Park Golf Club in Sydney, New South Wales. [22] Shortly thereafter, in the same year, Norman started work as Charlie Earp's trainee in the Royal Queensland Golf Club pro shop, earning A$38 a week. [23] In 1976, six years after he first began to golf, Norman turned professional as a tournament player. That year he earned his first victory at the West Lakes Classic at The Grange Golf Club in Adelaide, South Australia. [24] He joined the European Tour in 1977, and had his first victory in a European event that same season, the Martini International, at the Blairgowrie Club in Scotland. [18]

Beverley Park, New South Wales Suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Beverley Park is a suburb in southern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Beverley Park is located 15 kilometres south of the Sydney central business district, in the Georges River Council and is part of the St George area.

Sydney Metropolis in Australia

Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Located on Australia's east coast, the metropolis surrounds Port Jackson and extends about 70 km (43.5 mi) on its periphery towards the Blue Mountains to the west, Hawkesbury to the north, the Royal National Park to the south and Macarthur to the south-west. Sydney is made up of 658 suburbs, 40 local government areas and 15 contiguous regions. Residents of the city are known as "Sydneysiders". As of June 2017, Sydney's estimated metropolitan population was 5,230,330 and is home to approximately 65% of the state's population.

New South Wales State of Australia

New South Wales is a state on the east coast of Australia. It borders Queensland to the north, Victoria to the south, and South Australia to the west. Its coast borders the Tasman Sea to the east. The Australian Capital Territory is an enclave within the state. New South Wales' state capital is Sydney, which is also Australia's most populous city. In December 2018, the population of New South Wales was over 8 million, making it Australia's most populous state. Just under two-thirds of the state's population, 5.1 million, live in the Greater Sydney area. Inhabitants of New South Wales are referred to as New South Welshmen.

In 1980, Norman earned a sizable victory in the French Open, winning the tournament by ten shots. [25] He won the Scandinavian Enterprise Open in Sweden with a course record of 64 in the final round. [26] Later in 1980, Norman won the Suntory World Match Play Championship. [27] Norman also won his first Australian Open that year, his first of five wins in that event. [28]

The Scandinavian Enterprise Open was a golf tournament on the European Tour that was played in Sweden until 1990, when it had a prize fund of £400,000, which was mid-range for the tour at that time.

Australian Open (golf) golf tournament

The Australian Open, owned and run by Golf Australia, is the oldest and most prestigious golf tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia. The Open was first played in 1904 and takes place toward the end of each year.

European Tour success and joining the PGA Tour: 1981–1985

In 1981, Norman finished in 4th place on his debut at the Masters in Augusta, finishing just three strokes behind the winner Tom Watson. [29] Norman had a victory in the 1981 British Masters [30] and he won his third Martini International tournament that year as well. [31] In 1982, Norman was the leading money winner on the European Tour. [32] He won three European events that year, including successfully defending his British Masters title. [33] The following year, Norman joined the U.S. PGA Tour. [24] [34]

In June 1984, Norman won his maiden PGA Tour victory at the Kemper Open, winning by five strokes. [24] He gained worldwide prominence a week later at the 1984 U.S. Open. Norman holed a dramatic 45-foot putt on the 72nd hole to force a playoff with former Masters champion Fuzzy Zoeller. At the next day's 18-hole playoff, Zoeller would earn a 67-75 victory over Norman. [35] [36] He was able to put the defeat behind him with a victory at the Canadian Open the next month in July for his second win of the year. [37]

In 1985, Norman won the Toshiba Australian PGA Championship and the National Panasonic Australian Open. He had two runner-up finishes in the U.S. PGA Tour that year, finishing tied for second place at the Canadian Open and at the Bank of Boston Classic. [38]

First major and the "Saturday Slam" season: 1986

Norman in 1986 Greg Norman 1986 Photo.jpg
Norman in 1986

In 1986, Norman's 11 worldwide victories that year included four wins in Australia and two regular PGA Tour events; the Panasonic Las Vegas Invitational and the Kemper Open (for the second time) but 1986 is remembered for the Norman Slam or the Saturday Slam. Norman held the lead for all four majors through 54 holes. This meant he played in the final group for every major and had perhaps the best chance in history of winning the single season Grand Slam. However, the only major victory Norman earned that year was in the 1986 Open Championship at Turnberry. [39]

At the 1986 Masters, Norman began the final round with a one stroke lead which he maintained until he double-bogeyed the 10th. After making four consecutive birdies on holes 14 to 17, Norman was tied with Jack Nicklaus going to the 18th. Norman missed a par putt on the 18th that would have sent the two into a sudden death playoff. [40] [41] At the 1986 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, Norman again led after 54 holes. However, Norman faltered on the final day, finishing with a final round 75 placing him six strokes behind the winner, Raymond Floyd. [39] [38]

Norman's 1986 World Match Play victory with children Morgan Leigh and Gregory. Norman's 1986 World Match Play victory with children Morgan Leigh and Gregory.tif
Norman's 1986 World Match Play victory with children Morgan Leigh and Gregory.

Norman finally broke through at the 1986 Open Championship for his first major title. Norman shot a second round of 63 on Friday at Turnberry, tying the record for the lowest ever round at the Open. [42] Only 15 players broke par in the second round. Tom Watson described Norman's feat as "the greatest round ever played in a tournament in which I was a competitor." [43] Norman survived the weekend's brutal conditions at Turnberry, with a final round of 69 to win The Open by five shots. After being presented with the Claret Jug trophy, Norman said: "Outside of Australia, Britain was the first place that accepted me as a professional golfer. To win my first Open in front of the British public is the greatest feeling ever." [44] Norman was again in contention at the 1986 PGA Championship. He was in the lead on the final day, but shot a final round 76 to finish 2 strokes behind the eventual winner, Bob Tway. [39]

Norman's four wins in Australia in 1986 helped him to finish top of the Australian Order of Merit for the fifth time. He also topped the U.S. PGA Tour money list for the first time that year. [45] In September 1986, Norman won the Panasonic European Open at Sunningdale Golf Club [46] and the following month he had another victory in England, winning his third World Match Play Championship at Wentworth. Norman ended 1986 with eleven worldwide victories [38] and was officially ranked number 1 in the brand new Official World Golf Rankings. [47]

Professional career: 1987–1990

Norman endured another setback at the 1987 Masters. In his final round on the 18th green, Norman had a 20-foot putt for a birdie that would win the tournament. The ball trickled over the left lip of the cup, missing by millimetres. [48] After Norman's par on the 72nd hole at Augusta, he found himself in a sudden-death playoff with Larry Mize and Seve Ballesteros. On the second playoff hole, with Ballesteros eliminated, Mize holed a 47-yard (140-foot) chip to win the tournament. [49] [50] Norman did, however, win the Australian Masters in February 1987 and the Australian Open later in the year by a record ten shots at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, beating the previous Australian Open record winning margin of eight strokes by Jack Nicklaus in 1971. Norman's 1987 victory at the Australian Open lifted him back above Seve Ballesteros to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking. [51]

Norman had another four wins in Australia in 1988. [38] In the U.S., Norman won the MCI Heritage Golf Classic at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina in April 1988, inspired by a leukemia-stricken teenager who got his wish to meet Norman and watch him play. The teenage boy was only supposed to watch the golfer for two rounds, but Norman arranged for him to stay until the tournament's completion. After the tournament, Norman awarded the teenager with the trophy. [52] He was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in that year. [19]

At the 1989 Masters, Norman missed a 12-foot par putt on the 72nd hole which would have put him into a playoff with Nick Faldo and Scott Hoch. [53] Norman had another chance at a major in 1989, this time at the Open Championship at Royal Troon. He played a final-round of 64, starting his round with six straight birdies, to force his way into a playoff with Mark Calcavecchia and Wayne Grady. Going into the final playoff hole, Norman and Calcavecchia were tied, but two successive bunker shots by Norman gave Calcavecchia the victory. [54]

Norman won the Doral-Ryder Open and Memorial Tournament in 1990. He also missed the cut for the first time at Augusta National in the 1990 Masters. [38] [55] In the 1990 Open Championship at St Andrews, Norman began with two rounds of 66, leaving himself sharing the lead with Nick Faldo after 36 holes and the pair four shots ahead of the rest of the field. Faldo then shot a third round of 67, but Norman could only manage 76. [56] [57] Norman finished the tournament tied for sixth place, while Faldo won by five shots. [58] Although 1990 was not Norman's strongest majors year, he finished at the top of the PGA Tour money list for the second time in his career and won the Vardon Trophy and Byron Nelson Award. [59] Later that year, he won the Australian Masters in his home country for a final and record sixth time. [28]

Professional career: 1991–2009

Norman's second Major championship, 1993 Open at Royal St George's. Norman's second Major championship, 1993 Open at Royal St George's.jpg
Norman's second Major championship, 1993 Open at Royal St George's.

After a career slump in the early 1990s, Norman turned to renowned coach Butch Harmon for help. Together, the two rebuilt Norman's game by solving mechanical problems that had crept into his swing. As a result of this training, Norman earned his second major at Royal St George's in the 1993 Open Championship. There, in ideal conditions, Norman defeated a leaderboard consisting of Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer and Corey Pavin. Norman's final round 64 was the lowest score by a winner in Open history until Henrik Stenson's 63 at the 2016 Open Championship. [60]

During the following year, 1994, Norman easily beat records for the lowest 18-, 54-, and 72-hole scores at The Players Championship. After opening with a course record-tying 63, he followed with three 67s to give him a final total of 264 strokes, or 24 under par—six strokes better than any previous winner. [61] Norman finished third at the 1995 Masters and was the runner-up at the 1995 U.S. Open. [24] In June, Norman won his second Memorial Tournament, a victory that marked the beginning of one of his best years on the PGA Tour. [38] After his win at the Canon Greater Hartford Open, aided by a chip-in in for eagle on No. 14 in the final round, [62] Norman overtook Nick Price as the number one golfer in the world. Later, he won the NEC World Series of Golf, holing a 70-foot birdie chip shot to defeat Billy Mayfair and Nick Price in a playoff on the first hole. [63] He ultimately held the No. 1 ranking for 331 weeks in his career. [2] He also topped the money list for the third time and was named PGA Player of the Year. [64]

Norman tees off in windy conditions at the 2008 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. Greg Norman, Open 2008.jpg
Norman tees off in windy conditions at the 2008 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

The following year, Norman opened the 1996 Masters Tournament with a course record-tying 63 which put him at the top of the leaderboard. He held the lead through three days of play. Norman took a six-stroke lead into the final round and lost the tournament to Nick Faldo by five strokes, shooting a Sunday 78 to Faldo's 67. [65] In January 1997, Norman won his largest winner's check to date, one million dollars, when he won the Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf. Norman then won two tournaments in 1997, but they were his final victories on the PGA Tour. In 1998, Norman missed part of the season after suffering hip and shoulder injuries. [38] [66] [67] [68] He contended in the 1999 Masters tournament, tying for the lead with five holes remaining before finishing third, three strokes behind, and again in the 1999 Open Championship, eventually finishing 6th, three strokes behind.

In July 2008, despite not playing in a major for three years, Norman finished nine over par in a tie for third at The Open Championship after being the 54-hole leader by two strokes. At 53, he set the record in becoming the oldest 54-hole leader in a major championship; a record that would last for just one year, until 59-year-old Tom Watson led the 2009 Open Championship after three rounds. [69]

Champions Tour

Norman turned 50 in February 2005, but has kept his distance from the senior golf circuit. This is due, in part, because of his focus on business, but also because of lingering hip and back issues. In 2003, Norman said: "Hitting about four million golf balls has created unfortunate wear and tear." [70] He had knee surgery in October 2005 and February 2006. [71] Norman believes his back injuries could have been averted had he been introduced to the concept of golf fitness early in his career. [72]

Career achievements and legacy

Norman has earned more than $1 million five times on the U.S. PGA Tour, including three Arnold Palmer Awards as the Tour's leading money winner in 1986, 1990 and 1995. [45] He was also the first person in Tour history to surpass $10 million in career earnings. He has 30 top-10 finishes in majors, or more than 38% of those he has entered. His 20 PGA Tour wins in the 1980s and 1990s ranks second behind Tom Watson (21 total) during this span. [9] He had the lowest total four round score in the history of The Open Championship 267, in 1993, (since broken by Henrik Stenson in 2016), and The Players Championship (264, in 1994). [73] [74]

Norman tees off at Royal Birkdale Greg Norman, Open 2008 (2).jpg
Norman tees off at Royal Birkdale

Norman's 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 year 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. [75] 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. [10] [45] [74]

In 1986, Norman was awarded the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year Award, a feat he replicated in 1993 to join Muhammad Ali as a multiple winner of the award (now also joined by Roger Federer and Usain Bolt). [76] In 2007, Norman was elevated to "Legend" status in the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. [77] He received the 2008 Old Tom Morris Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, GCSAA's highest honour, at the 2008 Golf Industry Show in Orlando. [78] Norman is a member of The Environmental Institute for Golf's board of trustees and also chairs The Institute's advisory council. [14] He was also the recipient of the Golf Writers Association of America's 2008 Charlie Bartlett Award. [15] In 2009 Norman was inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame. [79]

In 2015, the PGA of Australia established the Greg Norman Medal, which is awarded to the best Australian male or female golfer in a given year. [3] He also received the Australian Global Icon Award [80] and the National Golf Course Owner's Association Award of Merit both in 2015. [81]

Playing style

Norman had a bold and aggressive style of play. [82] He is widely regarded as one of the best drivers of the golf ball in his era. In the fourteen seasons between 1984 and 1997, Norman finished in the top 20 in total driving on the PGA Tour twelve times and in the top 6 nine times (including first in 1988, 1989 and 1993). [83] When driving long and straight off the tee with a persimmon (wood) clubhead in his prime, Norman intimidated many of his fellow professionals. His high ball flight enabled him to carry the ball very long distances. In 2009, Nick Price said: "The best driver I ever saw was Greg Norman." [84]

Greg Norman Company

Norman designing The Eastern Golf Club in Yering, Australia. Norman designing The Eastern Golf Club in Yering, Australia.jpg
Norman designing The Eastern Golf Club in Yering, Australia.

Norman founded the Greg Norman Company (originally known as Great White Shark Enterprises (GWSE)) in 1993 after leaving his previous management group, IMG. The now multinational corporation is headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida. He initially used the Reebok-licensed shark logo for his line of apparel; it now represents over a dozen different businesses. The company reports hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue annually. [85] [86] In 2016, the company changed its branding to become the "Greg Norman Company." [87]

The following is a list of all business properties wholly owned by Great White Shark Enterprises.

Greg Norman Golf Course Design

First established in 1987, Greg Norman Golf Course Design (GNGCD) has been responsible for the creation of over 100 golf courses across the world. [86] [88]

Greg Norman Collection

The Greg Norman Collection began in 1992 after Reebok gave Norman his own line of clothing. It reached $100 million in annual sales in 2005. The collection is composed largely of golf-inspired activewear for men and women. [85] [86]

Greg Norman Estates

Greg Norman Estates is a wine company that produces 14 different varietals from Australia, California, and Argentina. The brand is known for attracting attention from Wine Spectator , having earned the number 8 spot in the world with a 1998 Reserve Shiraz. Greg Norman Estates controls 60% of the market share of all premium Australian wines. [5] [85] [86] [89]

Greg Norman Real Estate

The real estate division of the company is responsible for a variety of developments and projects including the Medalist Village in Hobe Sound, Florida. The Greg Norman Design Group is a separate wing of the real estate division that deals in interior design. [86] [89] [90]

Great White Shark Opportunity Fund

The Great White Shark Opportunity Fund is an asset-based, debt-lending fund that invests in public and private small- to mid-cap growth companies throughout the world. The platform offers alternative lending and flex capital. [5] [4]

Shark Wake Park

A joint venture between Norman and his son, Greg Norman, Jr., Shark Wake Park is a brand of wakeboarding complexes. The first park opened in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in June 2016, and a second, larger park opened in June 2019 in West Palm Beach, Florida. [91]

Shark Experience

Norman launched a connected golf cart in 2017 with partners Verizon, GPSi and Club Car. The cart is equipped with touchscreen display for music and GPS while playing a course. [92]

Greg Norman Eyewear

Norman surfing in Jupiter, FL, wearing gear from the Greg Norman Collection. Norman surfing in Jupiter, FL.jpg
Norman surfing in Jupiter, FL, wearing gear from the Greg Norman Collection.

Debuting in 2011, Greg Norman Eyewear provides sunglasses that are designed for use on the golf course. The brand has a partnership with Aspex Eyewear and is distributed in the United States by Aspex. [93]

Greg Norman Australian Prime

Greg Norman Australian Prime is a branded line of premium Wagyu steaks and other beef products. [89]

Greg Norman Australian Grille

Located in Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Greg Norman Australian Grille offers fine dining with an Australian theme. [86]

Non-GWSE properties and partnerships

In addition to the wholly owned companies under the company umbrella, there are also numerous partially owned companies and partnerships. For instance, Norman invested in and became the ambassador for Vancouver-based GPS Industries in 2004. [86] GWSE partnered with Kohlberg & Company to acquire Troon Golf, one of the world's largest golf management companies with over 250 golf courses in its portfolio. [89] Norman is also a leading investment partner in Alchemy Global, a firm that seeks investors for sports startups. [94]

Norman is also the brand ambassador and partner to numerous companies including Qantas (a partnership he's been in since 1976), [95] Cobra Golf, [7] OMEGA, [96] and others.

In 2017, Authentic Brands Group become a controlling partner for the consumer products division of The Greg Norman Company. [97] [98]

Other ventures

Philanthropy

The QBE Shootout, formerly known as the Shark Shootout, is a PGA Tour team golf event hosted by Greg Norman. The event is played at the Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Florida. The shootout benefits CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation. [13] The Greg Norman Golf Foundation was formed by Greg Norman and his father Merv Norman in 1987. The foundation provides professional guidance and instruction throughout Queensland to school students and those in other educational establishments, children with specific physical disabilities, and junior members of golf clubs. [99] The Environmental Institute for Golf the philanthropic arm of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), is a collaborative effort of the environmental and golf communities, dedicated to strengthening the compatibility of golf with the natural environment. Norman became a Trustee of the Institute and a member of its advisory council in 2004. [14]

Broadcasting

On 23 April 2014, Fox Sports announced that Norman would join Joe Buck as its lead commentary team for its coverage of the USGA's championships beginning in 2015. [100] However, following criticism of his performance at the 2015 U.S. Open, Norman was let go in January 2016. [101]

Autobiography

Norman released his autobiography, titled The Way of the Shark , in 2006. [102]

Personal life

Norman with daughter Morgan Leigh and son Gregory in 2014. Norman with daughter Morgan Leigh and son Gregory in 2014.jpg
Norman with daughter Morgan Leigh and son Gregory in 2014.

Norman had a brief romance with British tennis player Sue Barker [103] before he met Laura Andrassy, an American flight attendant. Norman married Andrassy in July 1981. [104] They had two children—Greg Norman, Jr. [91] and Morgan-Leigh. They divorced in 2006, with Andrassy receiving a $105 million settlement. [104] He married former World No. 1 tennis player Chris Evert on Paradise Island in the Bahamas in June 2008, but they separated after only 15 months and were subsequently divorced. [105] In November 2010, Norman married interior designer Kirsten Kutner [106] on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands, with Greg Jr. as his best man. [107] Norman has two grandchildren—Harrison and Hendrix. [106]

Professional wins (88)

PGA Tour wins (20)

Legend
Major championships (2)
Players Championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (17)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
13 Jun 1984 Kemper Open −8 (68-68-71-73=280)5 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Mark O'Meara
21 Jul 1984 Canadian Open −10 (73-68-70-67=278)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Jack Nicklaus
34 May 1986 Panasonic Las Vegas Invitational −27 (73-63-68-64-65=333)7 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Dan Pohl
41 Jun 1986 Kemper Open (2)−11 (72-69-70-66=277)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Larry Mize
520 Jul 1986 The Open Championship Even (74-63-74-69=280)5 strokes Flag of England.svg Gordon J. Brand
617 Apr 1988 MCI Heritage Golf Classic −13 (65-69-71-66=271)1 stroke Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg David Frost, Flag of the United States.svg Gil Morgan
720 Aug 1989 The International 13 points (5-4-11-13)2 points Flag of the United States.svg Clarence Rose
83 Sep 1989 Greater Milwaukee Open −19 (64-69-66-70=269)3 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Andy Bean
94 Mar 1990 Doral-Ryder Open −15 (68-73-70-62=273)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Tim Simpson, Flag of the United States.svg Mark Calcavecchia,
Flag of the United States.svg Paul Azinger
1013 May 1990 Memorial Tournament Even (73-74-69=216)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Payne Stewart
1113 Sep 1992 Canadian Open (2)−8 (73-66-71-70=280)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Bruce Lietzke
127 Mar 1993 Doral-Ryder Open (2)−23 (65-68-62-70=265)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Paul Azinger, Flag of the United States.svg Mark McCumber
1318 Jul 1993 The Open Championship (2)−13 (66-68-69-64=267)2 strokes Flag of England.svg Nick Faldo
1427 Mar 1994 The Players Championship −24 (63-67-67-67=264)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Fuzzy Zoeller
154 Jun 1995 Memorial Tournament (2)−19 (66-70-67-66=269)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Mark Calcavecchia, Flag of the United States.svg David Duval,
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Steve Elkington
1625 Jun 1995 Canon Greater Hartford Open −13 (67-64-65-71=267)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Dave Stockton, Jr., Flag of the United States.svg Kirk Triplett,
Flag of New Zealand.svg Grant Waite
1727 Aug 1995 NEC World Series of Golf −2 (73-68-70-67=278)Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Billy Mayfair, Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Nick Price
183 Mar 1996 Doral-Ryder Open (3)−19 (67-69-67-66=269)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Michael Bradley, Flag of Fiji.svg Vijay Singh
1929 Jun 1997 FedEx St. Jude Classic −16 (68-65-69-66=268)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Dudley Hart
2024 Aug 1997 NEC World Series of Golf (2)−7 (68-68-70-67=273)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Phil Mickelson

PGA Tour playoff record (4–8)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
1 1983 Bay Hill Classic Flag of the United States.svg Mike Nicolette Lost to par on first extra hole
2 1984 U.S. Open Flag of the United States.svg Fuzzy Zoeller Lost 18-hole playoff (Zoeller:67, Norman:75)
31984 Western Open Flag of the United States.svg Tom Watson Lost to birdie on third extra hole
4 1986 Kemper Open Flag of the United States.svg Larry Mize Won with par on sixth extra hole
5 1987 Masters Tournament Flag of Spain.svg Seve Ballesteros, Flag of the United States.svg Larry Mize Mize won with birdie on second extra hole
Ballesteros eliminated with par on first hole
6 1988 Independent Insurance Agent Open Flag of the United States.svg Curtis Strange Lost to birdie on third extra hole
71988 Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic Flag of Spain.svg Seve Ballesteros, Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg David Frost,
Flag of the United States.svg Ken Green
Ballesteros won with birdie on first extra hole
8 1989 The Open Championship Flag of the United States.svg Mark Calcavecchia, Flag of Australia (converted).svg Wayne Grady Calcavecchia won four-hole aggregate playoff
Calcavecchia:4-3-3-3=13, Grady:4-4-4-4=16, Norman:3-3-4-x
9 1990 Doral-Ryder Open Flag of the United States.svg Paul Azinger, Flag of the United States.svg Mark Calcavecchia,
Flag of the United States.svg Tim Simpson
Won with eagle on first extra hole
10 1992 Canadian Open Flag of the United States.svg Bruce Lietzke Won with birdie on second extra hole
11 1993 PGA Championship Flag of the United States.svg Paul Azinger Lost to par on second extra hole
12 1995 NEC World Series of Golf Flag of the United States.svg Billy Mayfair, Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Nick Price Won with birdie on first extra hole

European Tour wins (14)

Legend
Major championships (2)
Other European Tour (12)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
111 Jun 1977 Martini International −11 (70-71-70-66=277)3 strokes Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Simon Hobday
228 May 1979 Martini International E (75-67-72-74=288)1 stroke Flag of Spain.svg Antonio Garrido, Flag of England.svg John Morgan
311 May 1980 Paco Rabanne Open de France −20 (67-66-68-67=268)10 strokes Flag of England.svg Ian Mosey
46 Jul 1980 Scandinavian Enterprise Open −12 (76-66-70-64=276)3 strokes Flag of England.svg Mark James
517 May 1981 Martini International −1 (71-72-72-72=287)1 stroke Flag of Germany.svg Bernhard Langer
631 May 1981 Dunlop Masters −15 (72-68-66-67=273)4 strokes Flag of Australia (converted).svg Graham Marsh
713 Jun 1982 Dunlop Masters −17 (68-69-65-65=267)8 strokes Flag of Germany.svg Bernhard Langer
810 Jul 1982 State Express English Classic −13 (70-70-70-69=279)1 stroke Flag of Scotland.svg Brian Marchbank
922 Aug 1982 Benson & Hedges International Open −5 (69-74-69-71=283)1 stroke Flag of New Zealand.svg Bob Charles, Flag of Australia (converted).svg Graham Marsh,
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ian Woosnam
1020 Jul 1986 The Open Championship E (74-63-74-69=280)5 strokes Flag of England.svg Gordon J Brand
1114 Sep 1986 Panasonic European Open −11 (67-67-69-66=269)Playoff Flag of Scotland.svg Ken Brown
1222 May 1988 Lancia Italian Open −18 (69-68-63-70=270)1 stroke Flag of Australia (converted).svg Craig Parry
1318 Jul 1993 The Open Championship −13 (66-68-69-64=267)2 strokes Flag of England.svg Nick Faldo
146 Feb 1994 Johnnie Walker Classic −11 (75-70-64-68=277)1 stroke Flag of the United States.svg Fred Couples

European Tour playoff record (1–6)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
1 1984 U.S. Open Flag of the United States.svg Fuzzy Zoeller Lost 18-hole playoff (Zoeller:67, Norman:75)
2 1986 Panasonic European Open Flag of Scotland.svg Ken Brown Won with birdie on first extra hole
3 1987 Masters Tournament Flag of Spain.svg Seve Ballesteros, Flag of the United States.svg Larry Mize Mize won with birdie on second extra hole
Ballesteros eliminated by par on first hole
4 1989 The Open Championship Flag of the United States.svg Mark Calcavecchia, Flag of Australia (converted).svg Wayne Grady Calcavecchia won four-hole aggregate playoff
Calcavecchia:4-3-3-3=13, Grady:4-4-4-4=16, Norman:3-3-4-x
5 1993 PGA Championship Flag of the United States.svg Paul Azinger Lost to par on second extra hole
6 1997 Dubai Desert Classic Flag of Australia (converted).svg Richard Green, Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ian Woosnam Green won with birdie on first extra hole
71997 Peugeot Open de España Flag of England.svg Mark James Lost to par on third extra hole

PGA Tour of Australia wins (31)

Japan Golf Tour wins (2)

Other wins (23)

Major championships

Wins (2)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
1986 The Open Championship 1 shot leadE (74-63-74-69=280)5 strokes Flag of England.svg Gordon J. Brand
1993 The Open Championship (2)1 shot deficit−13 (66-68-69-64=267)2 strokes Flag of England.svg Nick Faldo

Results timeline

Tournament197719781979
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open T48
The Open Championship CUTT29T10
PGA Championship
Tournament1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
Masters Tournament 4T36T30T25T47T2T2T5T3
U.S. Open T33T502T15T12T51WDT33
The Open Championship CUTT31T27T19T6T161T35T2
PGA Championship T4T5T42T39CUT270T9T12
Tournament1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
Masters Tournament CUTCUTT6T31T18T32CUTCUT3
U.S. Open T5WDCUTT62T10CUTCUT
The Open Championship T6T9181T11T15T7T366
PGA Championship T19T32T152T4T20T17T13CUT
Tournament2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Masters Tournament T11CUTT36CUT
U.S. Open CUTT59
The Open Championship T18T18CUTT60T3CUT
PGA Championship CUTT29T53CUT
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut (3rd round cut in 1977 and 1980 Open Championships)
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place.

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament 03389122317
U.S. Open 0203571913
The Open Championship 211410172723
PGA Championship 02056122218
Totals2842030489171

The Players Championship

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
1994 The Players Championship 4 shot lead−24 (63-67-67-67=264)4 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Fuzzy Zoeller

Results timeline

Tournament1983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004
The Players Championship T63CUTT49T33T4T11T4T16T63T35T31T37CUTT53CUTT53CUTCUTWDT81
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place.

Results in World Golf Championships

Tournament1999200020012002
Accenture Match Play Championship R32R64
American Express Championship NT1
NEC Invitational T25T3135T55

1Cancelled due to 9/11

  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
NT = no tournament

Team appearances

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