Greg Norman was a shark, but he thinks many of today’s pros are happy being sheep.
In an entertaining interview with the Wall Street Journal’s John Paul Newport, Norman takes aim at players who lack the desire to be No. 1 in the world, a spot Norman held for 331 weeks.
Most Tour pros, Norman said, don’t really want to reach the top, not down deep, not in a sport where 20th place can pay six figures. “Certain players are happy just going through the motions. They don’t want to be the leader, they would rather be a sheep. They enjoy grazing the field and getting fat and sassy,” he said.
That attitude will make Norman’s broadcasting debut on Fox Sports’ inaugural U.S. Open this June a must-watch. However, Norman has kind words for some current stars, including Rory McIlroy and Jason Day.
“Rory’s got it,” Norman said. “You can tell by his delivery when he talks to the media. He’s natural, he says what he feels, whether he’s right or wrong. And if he’s wrong, he will apologize, which most players out there won’t.”
Norman is also impressed that Day has stated his goal is to become No. 1 this year. Day is ranked No. 4.
“To say he wants to be the best in the world, that’s a big statement to make to yourself, let alone publicly,” Norman said.