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Greg Norman

Greg Norman: Legends Profile

 

Who Is Greg Norman?

Perhaps the most influential Australian to ever play the sport, Greg Norman has been involved in golf for more than 50 years. He has more than 80 professional wins to his name, and was the original face of the LIV Golf breakaway tour.

He only started playing golf at the age of 15, but became a scratch handicapper within the space of a couple of years. His first professional tournament came in 1976, and finished inside the top three in his first two events on the PGA Tour of Australasia. He won the West Lakes Classic later that year, his first victory on the tour.

A first European Tour victory would follow a year later, and he would go on to secure 88 victories worldwide. Norman is a two-time major champion, having lifted the Claret Jug in both 1986 and 1993. However, he is famous for his Masters Tournament failure in the same year as his second Open win. He led by six going into the final round, but ended up losing by five as Nick Faldo stormed through to victory.

Following his retirement from professional golf, Norman has now become known as the face of LIV Golf. The Australian is the CEO of the breakaway league, which was formed in 2022. 

Greg Norman | An Overview

Personal Information

Name: Gregory John Norman
Born: February 10, 1955
Nationality: Australia
Residence: Florida, United States

Career

Turned Pro: 1976
Professional Wins: 88
Highest World Ranking: 1 – September 14, 1986

Best Results In Majors

Best Finishes:
– Masters Tournament – 2nd/T2 (1986, 1987, 1996)
– PGA Championship – 2nd (1986, 1993)
– US Open – 2nd (1984, 1995)
– Open Championship – WON (1986, 1993)

Professional Wins – 88

1976 (1) – West Lakes Classic
1977 (2) – Kuzuha International, Martini International
1978 (4) – Caltex Festival of Sydney Open, Traralgon Loy Yang Classic, Gilpey’s Gins South Seas Classic, New South Wales Open
1979 (4) – Traralgon Classic, Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Open, Martini International, Queensland PGA Championship
1980 (4) – Paco Rabanne Open de France, Scandinavian Enterprise Open, Dunhill Australian Open, Suntory World Match Play Championship
1981 (3) – Australian Masters, Martini International, Dunlop Masters
1982 (3) – Dunlop Masters, State Express English Classic, Benson & Hedges International Open
1983 (7) – Australian Masters, Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Open, Stefan Queensland Open, National Panasonic New South Wales Open, Cannes Open, Suntory World Match Play Championship, Kapalua International
1984 (5) – Victorian Open, Australian Masters, Kemper Open, Canadian Open, Toshiba Australian PGA Championship
1985 (2) – Toshiba Australian PGA Championship, National Panasonic Australian Open
1986 (11) – Panasonic Las Vegas Invitational, Kemper Open, Open Championship, Panasonic European Open, Fred Meyer Challenge, PGA Grand Slam of Golf, Suntory World Match Play Championship, Stefan Queensland Open, National Panasonic New South Wales Open, West End Jubilee South Australian Open, National Panasonic Western Australian Open
1987 (2) – Australian Masters, National Panasonic Australian Open
1988 (6) – Daikyo Palm Meadows Cup, ESP Open, Australian Tournament Players Championship, MCI Heritage Golf Classic, Lancia Italian Open, Panasonic New South Wales Open
1989 (4) – Australian Masters, Australian Tournament Players Championship, The International, Greater Milwaukee Open, The Crowns
1990 (3) – Australian Masters, Doral-Ryder Open, Memorial Tournament
1992 (1) – Canadian Open
1993 (4) – Doral-Ryder Open, Open Championship, Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters, PGA Grand Slam of Golf
1994 (3) – Johnnie Walker Classic, The PLAYERS Championship, PGA Grand Slam of Golf
1995 (5) – Memorial Tournament, Canon Greater Hartford Open, NEC World Series of Golf, Fred Meyer Challenge, Heineken Australian Open
1996 (4) – Ford South Australian Open, Doral-Ryder Open, Fred Meyer Challenge, Holden Australian Open
1997 (4) – Anderson Consulting World Championship of Golf, FedEx St Jude Classic, NEC World Series of Golf, Fred Meyer Challenge
1998 (2) – Greg Norman Holden International, Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout

Achievements and Awards

PGA Tour of Australasia Oder of Merit Winner – 1978, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988
European Tour Order of Merit Winner – 1982
Byron Nelson Award – 1988, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995
Vardon Trophy – 1989, 1990, 1994
PGA Player of the Year – 1995
PGA Tour Player of the Year – 1995
Old Tom Morris Award – 2008
Charlie Bartlett Award – 2008
World Golf Hall of Fame – 2001

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Greg Norman

When and where was Greg Norman born?

Greg Norman was born on February 10, 1955 in Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia. He did not take up golf until the age of 15, having aspired to be a professional surfer through his younger years.

When did Greg Norman turn professional?

Norman turned professional in 1976, and shot a 3-under round of 68 in his professional tournament debut. His early pro years were on the PGA Tour of Australasia before moving to the European Tour. 

How many major championships has Greg Norman won?

Greg Norman won two major championships during his career, lifting the Claret Jug on two occasions. He won the Open Championship in both 1986 and 1993, and also finished runner-up in eight other majors.

Greg Norman

Who is Greg Norman married to?

Norman is married to Kirsten Kutner, with the pair getting wed in 2010. The Australian has two children from a previous marriage, Greg Jr and Morgan-Leigh.

Did you Know?

More Than Six Years As World No 1

Norman spent an incredible 331 weeks as the men’s World No 1. That record is only topped by the great Tiger Woods, who amazingly spent more than twice as long as the world’s best player.

Scratch In 18 Months

He only took up the sport at the age of 15, but his talent was there for all to see. He went from being a 27-handicapper to a scratch golfer in just 18 months.

First To Reach $10 Million In Career Earnings

Norman was the first man to hit the $10 million mark when it came to career earnings after time spent on the PGA Tour of Australasia, European Tour and PGA Tour.

The ‘Saturday Slam’

In 1986, Norman achieved the feat of leading all four majors after 54 holes. However, he would only go on to win the Open Championship, with the feat being regarded as the ‘Saturday Slam’.

The Greg Norman Medal

The Greg Norman Medal is awarded each year to the best Australian golfer, male or female, who has had success around the world. Jason Day, Minjee Lee, Hannah Green and Cameron Smith have all been recipients in the past.

LIV Golf CEO

Over the last few years, Norman has come back into the public eye, as the chief executive of LIV Golf, the breakaway tour which was founded in 2022.

Other Greg Norman Articles

Greg Norman ‘welcome to check’ ticket resales for The Open at Troon

LIV Golf chief Greg Norman ‘open-minded’ about switch to 72 holes

Norman slams ‘laughable’ World Rankings

PGA Tour-PIF Framework Agreement is out – have we learned anything?

‘We changed history and we’re not going anywhere’ – Norman on LIV Golf

Greg Norman to join Jay Monahan at United States senate hearing

Norman: LPGA stars ‘love’ LIV and want women’s league

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Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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