Interview by Josh Sanburn
I just don’t get excited about playing on the Champions Tour.
It’s never intrigued me. I have a lot of other things that interest me. I like playing, but I don’t like practicing. To play well, you’ve got to practice two weeks before you begin. I don’t want to do that anymore.
Me in my prime vs. Tiger? Interesting question! I’d say I’d hit the ball as far as Tiger, nowadays with the same equipment. As for mental skills, he’d probably have the edge. In terms of tenacity, aggressiveness and confidence, we’re pretty much the same.
My design philosophy is the “least-disturbance” approach. You go in and work with whatever you’ve got and make it look like it’s been there for as long as possible.
I don’t think I’d be a better player with today’s equipment because I was taught to maneuver the ball. Very seldom did I ever hit a straight shot. What type of player would I be today? I’d be just aiming dead straight and hitting it as hard as I could every time. In the olden days, I’d take a lot off my shots and feel the ball into a certain position on the green to spin into a certain place.
If I had it over again, I’d take back the second shot at the 1986 Masters at the 18th hole, when I missed it to the right. [Norman went on to make bogey, while Jack Nicklaus won his sixth green jacket.]
Australia’s got Geoff Ogilvy, Adam Scott, Stuart Appleby, Robert Allenby. But don’t be surprised if the next great, young Aussie is a 20-year-old who crops up soon and shakes the others off the tree.