Norman looking forward to St Andrews


TURNBERRY, Scotland – Greg Norman isn't letting last year's success at the British Open raise his expectations for this year.

'Same,' the Shark said Wednesday when asked about expectations this year compared with last year.

If you'll remember, Norman arrived at Royal Birkdale fresh off his honeymoon with former tennis great Chris Evert and was such a longshot that many people didn't realize he was in the field. Then he held the 54-hole lead but shot 77 on Sunday and tied for third place.

It's more of the same this year. Norman said he tried to prepare more but a combination of the heat in Florida, then terrible rain in Ireland have him not as sharp as he would like to be. Tom Watson, however, said that Norman putted superbly in their Tuesday practice round.

Norman said Wednesday that he believes he'll have a better chance to contend in next year's Open Championship than he does this year at Turnberry, where he won in 1986.

'I'm looking forward to St. Andrews (next year), before I even tee it up tomorrow because I really think St. Andrews, the way it played a couple years ago, suits any player,' he said.