Norman Looking Good in Comeback


Greg Norman sure looked good.
At last weeks Open Championship he freely lashed at the ball with the characteristic uncoil we had grown accustomed to in his prime.
And he appeared to be as physically fit as ever. Which is saying something for a man who always has prided himself in being one of his sports best physically-conditioned athletes.
Greg Norman
Greg Norman is coming off a solid performance at last week's British Open.
Norman wound up tied for 60th at The Old Course after shooting 72-71-70-76 for a highly-respectable 72-hole total of 289. This from a 50-year-old man who is attempting a comeback from back surgery.
The day of the operation was March 22, 2005, to be precise. And prior to last week Norman hadnt played in competition since February. This week he must be counted as one of the favorites in the Senior British Open at Scotlands Royal Aberdeen.
Meanwhile it will, for The Shark, be his Champions Tour debut. His schedule, he says, will be chosen carefully. For the rest of his playing days, Norman says, he will be a limited edition.
I dont want to travel 40 weeks a year for the rest of my life, he says. I truly believe my career was a stepping stone to something else.
That something else has been businesses that range from golf course design to wineries. Still, there is a competitive spark. And a love for links golf.
This part of Scotland, he says, is a unique place and to have the chance to play St. Andrews and then move on to Royal Aberdeen for my Seniors debut is great.
When we play in America, its all about target golf. If you have 143 yards to the flag, you have to hit a wedge 143 and spin it back. On these great links courses you must look at the bump and run, and the different sort of strokes you have to play are fantastic.
Norman is long past the point of worrying about the critics who still insist he underachieved in a career so full of promise and drama. He spent 331 weeks atop the world rankings in his salad days during which he won 86 tournaments worldwide.
The fact is that its more relevant now to consider that both of his major championships came at British Opens.
I started playing links golf the best part of 30 years ago, Norman says. I have always loved it with a passion and I always will.
Today that passion is shared. If you want the best of Norman from an interview, you are advised to ask him about the 43 courses around the world that he has designed or the other 52 that are currently under construction.
A Norman conquest at Royal Aberdeen will be another terrific story for a sport that is full of them so far in 2005. But dont look for a win it to change Greg Normans priorities.
I played golf for 25 years and Im still going to live another 30 or 40 years I hope, he says. So Ive got a huge amount at the tail end of my life to really capitalize on what I developed at the golf course.
Turns out, Norman still sounds pretty good, too.
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