Greg Norman seals his legacy: snakebitten at the majors, final round failures

mulligan, 20 July 2008, Comments Off on Greg Norman seals his legacy: snakebitten at the majors, final round failures
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After 6 holes of watching the British Open today, I couldn’t stand watching any more. Greg Norman bogeyed 4 of the first 6 holes. That was all I needed to see. It was just too painful to see Greg Norman suffer another final round defeat at a major. So I turned off the TV, just as I did yesterday after seeing David Duval implode. I knew what was about to happen. Norman would falter again in the final round of a major, this time, shooting 7 over par 77 on the final day when others on the leaderboard were much closer to par or better. That’s his legacy.

Sure, Norman had no business at age 53, with no practice regimen or competitive golf lately, to be leading the Open after 3 rounds and even in the 4th round with only 9 holes left. But to come again so tantalizingly close to winning a major, only to be unable to deliver the goods, it only brings a harsh reminder of the many other times Greg Norman suffered the same fate, often cruelly — whether to Larry Mize, Bob Tway, Fuzzy Zoeller, Mark Calvacecchia, Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, did I miss anyone?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of Norman and think the golfing gods have basically screwed the guy over at the majors. He deserved a better hand than he has been dealt over the years — basically, just one of the many “lucky bounces” that Tiger Woods always seems to get. Today it would have been poetic justice if Norman would have won. But, alas, Norman’s golf legacy will now forever be sealed as a somewhat of a tragic story of missed opportunities at the majors. Not even Phil Mickelson can match Norman’s record in that respect, even with Winged Foot.


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