Last week, Greg Norman fed the hype machine by suggesting the Tiger Woods was "intimidated" by Rory McIlroy.
Despite catching criticism from corners disparate and multiple, the Shark stood by his comments — and took a swing at the blogosphere — in a Friday post on his Facebook page. As not to give Norman more ammunition, here is his follow-up in full:
Got off the plane from Beijing this morning and my Iphone just blew up with emails and voicemails regarding my interview with Robert Lusetich of Fox Sports. It seems that everyone from Charles Barkley (no Charles I was not referencing or comparing Tiger's record to mine) to John Doe has weighed in on my quote regarding intimidation. I stand by my comments and for those that choose to read the full article and not just "grasp" and "react" to one word will notice that the headline and byline were inconsistent with the content of what Robert wrote. When you look at my comments in the full context of the article, you will see that it provides a more balanced view of my sentiments on this topic. Which is, since the PGA Championship Tiger has not made any impact on the weekend in passing Rory for the title. This has not happened in his career prior to this run by Rory. During the PGA Championship broadcast I spoke at length about Tiger and I maintain that no one has swung the club better in the history of the game, especially during the year 2000. At the end of the day, Tiger is a great athlete and a great student of the game and he will continue to win, but we are seeing a transition away from his dominance. Rivalry and parity is great for the game of golf. Unfortunately for Rory, I think that the trademark for “The Intimidator” is already registered with Dale Earnhardt.
Personally, we at Rumors have all the sympathy in the world for Greg: I can't tell you how many times I've returned from a trip to Beijing only to find my words all over the Internet. And let me tell you: It's rough.