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Greg Norman

  • Birthplace: Mt. Isa, Queensland, Australia
  • Residence: Hobe Sound, FL
  • Birth Date: February 10, 1955
  • height: 6-0
  • Turned Pro: 1976

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PGA TOUR Victories

(20) 1984,Kemper Open, Canadian Open. 1986,Panasonic Las Vegas Invitational, Kemper Open, British Open Championship. 1988,MCI Heritage Golf Classic. 1989,The International, Greater Milwaukee Open. 1990,Doral-Ryder Open, Memorial Tournament. 1992,Canadian Open. 1993,Doral-Ryder Open, British Open Championship. 1994,THE PLAYERS Championship. 1995,Memorial Tournament, Canon Greater Hartford Open, NEC World Series of Golf. 1996,Doral-Ryder Open. 1997,FedEx St. Jude Classic, NEC World Series of Golf.

International Victories

(69): 1976 Westlakes Classic [Aus]. 1977 Martini International [Eur], Kuzuhz International [Jpn]. 1978 New South Wales Open [Aus], Traralgon Classic [Aus], Caltex Festival of Sydney Open [Aus], South Seas Classic [Fiji]. 1979 Traralgon Classic [Aus], Martini International [Eur], Hong Kong Open. 1980 Australian Open [Aus], French Open [Eur], Scandinavian Open [Eur], Suntory World Match Play Championship [Eur], State Express Classic, Benson & Hedges International. 1981 Australian Masters [Aus], Martini International [Eur], Dunlop Masters [Eur]. 1982 Dunlop Masters [Eur], State Express Classic [Eur], Benson & Hedges International [Eur]. 1983 Australian Masters [Aus], Stefan Queensland Open [Aus], National Panasonic New South Wales Open [Aus], Hong Kong Open, Cannes Invitational [Eur], Suntory World Match Play Championship [Eur], Kapalua. 1984 Victorian Open [Aus], Australian Masters [Aus], Australian PGA [Aus].1985 Toshiba Australian PGA Championship [Aus], National Panasonic Australian Open [Aus], Dunhill Cup [Eur]. 1986 Stefan Queensland Open [Aus], National Panasonic New South Wales Open [Aus], West End Jubilee South Australian Open [Aus], National Panasonic Western Australian Open [Aus], European Open [Eur], Suntory World Matchplay Championship [Eur], Dunhill Cup [Eur], PGA Grand Slam of Golf. 1987 Australian Masters [Aus], National Panasonic Australian Open [Aus]. 1988 Palm Meadows Cup [Aus], ESP Open [Aus], PGA National Tournament Players Championship [Aus], Panasonic New South Wales Open [Aus], Lancia Italian Open [Eur]. 1989 Australian Masters [Aus], PGA National Tournament Players Championship [Aus], Chunichi Crowns [Jpn]. 1990 Australian Masters [Aus]. 1993 Taiheyo Masters [Jpn], PGA Grand Slam of Golf. 1994 Johnnie Walker Asian Classic [Eur], PGA Grand Slam of Golf. 1995 Australian Open [Aus], Fred Meyer Challenge [with Brad Faxon]. 1996 Ford South Australian Open [Aus], Australian Open [Aus], Fred Meyer Challenge [with Brad Faxon]. 1997 Telus Skins Game, Fred Meyer Challenge [with Brad Faxon], Andersen Consulting World Championship. 1998 Greg Norman Holden International [Aus], Franklin Templeton Shootout [with Steve Elkington]. 2001 Skins Game.

2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$11,229 (233)

2009 Champions Tour Best Finishes

T2-- *Wendy's Champions Skins Game.

PGA TOUR Best Round

69 at Round 2, Shell Houston Open.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Kemper Open, Canadian Open, Panasonic Las Vegas Invitational, Kemper Open, British Open Championship, MCI Heritage Golf Classic, The International, Greater Milwaukee Open, Doral-Ryder Open, Memorial Tournament, Canadian Open, Doral-Ryder Open, British Open Championship, THE PLAYERS Championship, Memorial Tournament, Canon Greater Hartford Open, NEC World Series of Golf, Doral-Ryder Open, FedEx St. Jude Classic, NEC World Series of Golf.

2008 Season Highlights

Enjoyed a magical ride at the British Open, carrying a two-stroke lead into the final round before a 7-over 77 left him in a tie for third place-his best showing in a major championship since finishing third at the 1999 Masters. Finished six strokes behind winner Padraig Harrington. His 30th career top-10 finish in a major earned a spot in the 2009 Masters (top four and ties qualify)...Missed the cut in three other PGA TOUR events during the year, including the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, where he played with son Gregory...Came back a week after his British Open performance with a T5 at the Senior British Open on the Champions Tour. Also finished T6 in the Senior PGA Championship and fourth in the U.S. Senior Open...In late February, was named Captain of the International Team for The Presidents Cup, scheduled for Oct. 8-11, 2009 at San Francisco's Harding Park GC. Fred Couples will Captain the U.S. Team...Married tennis Hall of Famer Chris Evert in late June.

Career Highlights

2007: Did not make a PGA TOUR start for the first time in his career. Also didn't play on the Champions Tour..Finished 64th in the Dubai Desert Classic on the European Tour in February. 2006: Only official PGA TOUR start he made was at The INTERNATIONAL, where he missed the cut, and in the Senior Spanish Open (T6). Did not make a start on the Champions Tour or the European Tour...Missed much of the early part of the year after undergoing surgery in February on his right knee to repair damage to the meniscus...Did not compete again until August's Telus Skins Game in Canada...Teamed with Nick Faldo in the Merrill Lynch Shootout and with son Gregory in the Father-Son Challenge. 2005: Had back surgery (laminectomy) at the end of March at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Did not play golf until about 10 days before the British Open...Made only two starts on the PGA TOUR (British Open and The INTERNATIONAL) and spent the second half of the season playing on the Champions Tour...Made the cut at the British Open, where he finished T60 at St. Andrews....The next week made his Champions Tour debut at the Senior British Open at Royal Aberdeen in Scotland and finished solo third, one stroke out of a playoff despite an opening-round 76...In contention throughout the U.S Senior Open and finished solo fourth near Dayton...Had his knee scoped on October 13 at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. 2004: Played in seven TOUR events, making only one cut-at THE PLAYERS Championship (T81). 2003: Made only seven starts on TOUR and played on the weekend four times...Opened one stroke back of the lead after the first round of the British Open. Rounds of 79-74-68 dropped him into T18 for the tournament. Played in his 19th consecutive British Open without missing a cut dating back to 1981, the longest active streak. Did not participate four years during the streak (1988, 1998, 2000 and 2001). 2002: Played in 13 TOUR events on a reduced schedule, making the cut 10 times and withdrawing once...Turned in first top-10 since a T4 at the 2001 Bay Hill Invitational with a T4 at The INTERNATIONAL...Best worldwide finish was a T6 in the Heineken Classic in Australia. 2001: Played in 11 TOUR events, with a best finish of T4 at the Bay Hill Invitational...Inducted into World Golf Hall of Fame...Captured $1 million at the 2001 Skins Game, shutting out Tiger Woods, Colin Montgomerie and Jesper Parnevik. 2000: Despite playing a reduced schedule due to medical reasons, still managed 84th-place ranking on official money list with $580,510...Earned first of two top-10s at Buick Classic. Fourth-place finish was best since third at 1999 Masters and just third top-10 since 1997 season...Sidelined by arthroscopic hip surgery June 28. Right hip had bothered him for a number of years. Pain linked to left shoulder problems that required reconstructive surgery in 1998. After missing cut at U.S. Open and with intense pain and discomfort, opted for surgery. Returned to action at INTERNATIONAL just five weeks later to record second top-10 of year. Finished alone in fourth with 38 points after returning to hitting balls just eight days prior to event...Member of International Presidents Cup team where he compiled 1-3 record in losing effort to American squad...Received honorary life membership on European Tour. 1999: Played reduced schedule as he continued to recover from previous year's shoulder surgery. Began year at Accenture Match Play Championship where he lost in the second round and finished T17...Became first player to surpass $12 million in TOUR career earnings when he won $29,000 for T19 at Doral-Ryder Open...Dueled eventual champion Jose Maria Olazabal down the stretch before finishing third at the Masters...On September 12, fell out of top 50 in Official World Golf Ranking after 700 weeks, or since ranking began. 1998: April shoulder surgery cut his season short. Surgery was performed on April 22 by Dr. Richard Hawkins at the Steadman Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation in Vail, CO. Procedure involved the shaving of bone spurs that caused tendinitis in his rotator cuff and the use of a heat probe to shrink the shoulder socket capsule. Followed a seven-month rehabilitation period with a victory at the Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout, playing with Steve Elkington...Won the Greg Norman Holden International in Australia in February. Victory was his first in six tries at his own tournament. 1997: Began year with victory in finals of Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf...Season highlighted by two victories. First win came at FedEx St. Jude Classic, where he birdied final three holes for a 66 to earn one-stroke victory over Dudley Hart. 20th TOUR victory came at NEC World Series of Golf, where final-round 67 earned four-stroke victory over Phil Mickelson...Had two second-place finishes and one third and finished among top 15 on money list for third year in a row. 1996: Became the first to surpass $10 million in career earnings...At Masters, shot record-tying 63 in opening round. Led by six entering final round, but lost when he shot 78 and Nick Faldo shot 67, resulting in his eighth career major championship runner-up. 1995: Won his third Arnold Palmer Award (1986, '90, '95)...Named TOUR Player of the Year...First player to earn $1 million four times (1990, '93, '94, '95)...Did not miss a cut for the fourth time in his career (1983, '87, '94 and '95)...Won three titles-Memorial Tournament, Canon Greater Hartford Open and NEC World Series of Golf-and then-record $1,654,959. 1994: Earned his third Vardon Trophy (1988, '89, '94). 1993: At Royal St. Georges, trailed Corey Pavin and Nick Faldo by one stroke after 54 holes, then closed with 64 to defeat Faldo. 1986: Won his first British Open title at Turnberry. After an opening 74, shot tournament-record-tying 63 to take two-stroke lead. Closed with rounds of 74-69 to defeat Gordon Brand by two strokes...Led all four majors entering the final round but won just the British. 1984: Finished in the top 10 on the money list for the first of nine times in his career. Defeated Mark O'Meara by five strokes for his initial TOUR win at the Kemper Open. Four weeks later, won again by two strokes over Jack Nicklaus at the Canadian Open.

Personal

Serves as Chairman and CEO of Great White Shark Enterprises, a multinational corporation. The company's interests primarily focus around golf and lifestyle. Established in 1993, Great White Shark Enterprises is the parent company to various entities including Greg Norman Golf Course Design, recognized as one of the premier signature design groups; Medallist Developments and Southern Cross Developments, developers of residential golf course communities and related real estate; Greg Norman Collection, a leading worldwide marketer and distributor of men's and women's golf-inspired sportswear and accessories; Greg Norman Estates, producer and distributor of Australian and California wines; and the Greg Norman Production Company, operator of the PGA TOUR's Mayakoba Golf Classic and Merrill Lynch Shootout. Other branded businesses include Greg Norman's Australian Grille and Greg Norman Australian Prime. Additionally, Norman manages a variety of other licensing and merchandising activities...Began playing at age 16, caddying for his mother. Scratch two years later...Initial ambition was to become a pilot in the Australian Air Force but opted for golf and took just four tournaments to record his first of more than 80 titles worldwide...Named as the 2008 recipient of the Old Tom Morris Award from the Golf Course Superintendents of America.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record

4-7

Other Information

Will rejoin the PGA TOUR in 2003 after playing a reduced PGA TOUR schedule in 2002. Also scheduled to play events in native Australia and Europe...Played in 11 PGA TOUR events in 2001; needed to play in a minimum of 12 tournaments to retain membership...Inducted into World Golf Hall of Fame last November...T4 at Bay Hill Invitational was best finish of the 2001 season...Also played three Australasian TOUR events and once on the European Tour...Captured $1 million at the 2001 Skins Game, shutting out Tiger Woods, Colin Montgomerie and Jesper Parnevik...56 career worldwide victories to go along with his 18 career PGA TOUR victories. Underwent arthroscopic hip surgery on June 28, 2000...In 1999, became first player to surpass $12 million in PGA TOUR career earnings when he won $29,000 for T19 at Doral-Ryder Open...On September 12, 1999, fell out of top 50 in Official World Golf Ranking after exactly 700 weeks, or since ranking began...In 1996, became the first to surpass $10 million in career earnings...At 1996 Masters, shot record-tying 63 in opening round. Led by six entering final round, but lost when he shot 78 and Nick Faldo shot 67. Gracious attitude following Masters defeat won over many new fans. It was the eighth time in his career that he finished as the runner-up in a major...In 1995, enjoyed one of finest seasons of career, winning his third Arnold Palmer Award (1986-90-95). Named 1995 PGA TOUR Player of the Year, and became first player to earn $1 million four times (1990-93-94-95)...Won three titles in 1995-Memorial Tournament, Canon Greater Hartford Open and NEC World Series of Golf-and then-record $1,654,959...In 1994, earned his third Vardon Trophy (1988-89-94)...Captured his second major at the 1993 British Open at Royal St. George's. Trailed Corey Pavin and Nick Faldo by one stroke after 54 holes, then closed with 64 to defeat Faldo...Won his first British Open title in 1986 at Turnberry. After an opening 74, shot tournament-record-tying 63 to take two-stroke lead. Closed with rounds of 74-69 to defeat Gordon Brand by two strokes...In 1986, led all four majors entering the final round but won just the British...Host of Merrill Lynch Shootout, an unofficial PGA TOUR event played at his course design, Tiburon GC...Active course architect who has strain of turfgrass named after him...Designed the TPC Sugarloaf, site of the PGA TOUR's BellSouth Classic...Among Olympic Torch bearers to Sydney, Australia for the Olympics in 2000...Honored (with wife Laura) with Hands of Hope award presented by National Childhood Cancer Foundation...Received honorary life membership on European Tour in 2000...Widely considered one of golf's leading business professionals. Chairman of Great White Shark Enterprises, a multi-national corporation comprising golf course design, turf, residential development, apparel, interactive (Shark.com), golf equipment distribution (exclusive Titleist distributor in Australia) restaurant, wine and yachts.

National Teams

Hennessy Cognac Cup (1), 1982; Nissan Cup (2), 1985, 1986; Dunhill Cup (10), 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996; Kirin Cup (1), 1987; Four Tours (1), 1989; World Cup (2), 1976, 1978; The Presidents Cup (4), 1994 (withdrew due to illness), 1996, 1998, 2000.

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