Golfweek is reporting that when Greg Norman makes his much-anticipated return to Augusta National in a few weeks, he’ll be toting a TaylorMade staff bag and playing their irons and woods. The Shark, who last appeared in The Masters in 2002, finishing in a tie for 36th, currently has an ownership stake in MacGregor but is reportedly close to signing with TaylorMade Golf. Norman played the new TaylorMade R9 driver at the Johnnie Walker Classic earlier this year in Australia, and played the TP Red LDP ball during last summer’s British Open, where Norman held a two-stroke leading heading into the final round before slipping into a tie for third with a 77.
Norman, who turned 54 in February, will be in the Dominican Republic this week playing in the Champion Tour’s Cap Cana Championship. He’s also scheduled to play in the Shell Houston Open April 2-5 before heading to Augusta.
Norman acquired a controlling interest in MacGregor in 2007, but the company’s future remains unclear after it pulled out of January’s PGA Merchandise Show. It has yet to introduce any new product this season, and many of its top executives have left.