Greg Norman: The Tragic Hero

Greg Norman: The Tragic Hero

Greg Norman, 54
Judson Baker/Contour by Getty Images in Hobe Sound, FLA.

By FRANK CHIRKINIAN, producer of CBS’s golf coverage from 1958-1996

Greg Norman had a physicality that made him one of the two most charismatic players I’ve ever covered, along with Arnold Palmer. They were different than the golfers in plaid trousers and white belts. They had an allure. Though I never did like that damned hat. It hid his face. The eyes are the windows to the soul. The eyes show the determination. Ray Floyd had it, and so did Greg. On TV, you can pump your fist, but the eyes are the best way to show emotions. Eyes tell the story.

There was one incredible shot
he hit at the 16th at TPC Sawgrass in 1994. He’d hooked his drive
left into the woods. He was in
jail. He took a 2-iron and hooked it low, and after it cleared the trees, it climbed and landed on the green — it was the most incredible shot I’ve ever seen. He made
birdie and won that year.

What did the 1996 Masters look like from the truck? Awful. A car wreck. Not pleasant.

I saw Greg recently on the range with a huge basket of balls. He practiced for three, four hours. He wants to make a definitive mark again. Trust me — deep down, he is still a very competitive animal. He wants to beat your brains out.

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