World Golf Hall of Fame Member Greg Norman is in Palm Beach Gardens, FL this week for The Honda Classic and participated in the Kenny G Pro-Am on Wednesday at PGA National with Kenny G, Bill Belichick, Joe Theismann, and LPGA Tour player Lexi Thompson. In reaction to Tiger Woods’ News Conference on Wednesday, Norman said that when you are #1 for so long people are going to analyze everything you do and the fact that he has had some struggles makes that analysis more intense. In order to get back to the top, you have to return to the basics and Norman thinks that Tiger’s problems on the greens are more mental than physical.
He played in the Kenny G Pro-Am with LPGA Tour phenom Lexi Thompson and Norman said that he played with her for the first time when she was 15 years old and he was very impressed then. The improvement that Lexi has shown in her game is phenomenal but Lexi still has work to do with her short game because that is going to be where she will win or lose tournaments on the LPGA Tour and if she can make short game equal to her long game, she will definitely be a contender on the LPGA Tour.
It was very intimidating when he came to the United States from Australia because he was a small fish in a big pond while Rory McIlroy comes to the United States as a big fish in a big pond. It is a credit to the PGA TOUR and to golf fans in the United States that international players have been embraced in this country and with his current performance and potential, Rory is leading the charge of the international players.
He played the Mayakoba Golf Classic last week on a course that he designed at El Camaleon. Many players have praised the golf course and its design and Norman said it is a great example of how a quality golf course can measure around or less than 7,000 yards and go back to basics in terms of the topography and the design. He loves the character of El Camaleon because it is a course that you have to think your way around in order to succeed.
On whether or not he would return as International Presidents Cup Team Captain in 2013, Norman said he would certainly consider it if asked because it is a big job with a lot of time commitment. The players in 2011 were wonderful in their comments to him after the competition at Royal Melbourne and he truly enjoys every aspect of the Presidents Cup. It would be a lot of fun to do it again but it comes down to being asked again and then figuring out if he would be able to be as committed to the job as he needs to be.