If you woke up to see Greg Norman in the final pairing of The Open Championship, you might think you’d stepped into a time machine going back 20 years.
Actually, it was 22 years.
Norman's career is best known for his disappointments in majors, rather than his triumphs.
The 1986 Masters is best known for Jack Nicklaus’ dramatic win. Who had the lead in that final round as it began? Greg Norman.
As a matter of fact, he led each major after 34 holes that year and won none, but the 1986 Masters has an interesting parallel for Norman. Nicklaus was 46 at the time; Norman is now 53.
We didn’t expect Nicklaus to win, but he had still been playing golf. What’s most remarkable is that this is Norman's first major in THREE years! He hasn’t won in 11 years, playing sparingly and ineffectively due to injury and his immersion in course design.
In a year in which the golf world is consumed by Tiger Woods' triumphant US Open victory, this may surpass it. We didn’t know the severity of Woods' injury going in; and yet he was one of the favourites and in the prime of his career.
Norman is neither of those. This is unexpected, unscripted, unbelievable.
Tom Rinaldi said it best in a piece on today’s broadcast. “He (Norman) was Tiger Woods before Tiger Woods.”
Tomorrow we find out if for one day he can be Tiger Woods after Tiger Woods.