Norman Still On The Attack at British Open

Jeff Prince Correspondent IJuly 19, 2008

I understand Tiger Woods isn't in the 2008 British Open. I also understand that due to the absence of Tiger, and the early morning coverage on television, you probably aren't in your recliner watching.

Yet, for those of us who are die-hard golf lovers, you have got to be ecstatic that Greg Norman has done so well after three rounds of golf this weekend.

Who would have thought 53 year old Greg Norman, whose last PGA Tour win was in 1997 at the FedEx St. Just Classic, would be sitting alone at the top of the leader-board come Saturday? 

I know I wasn't one of them. I'll bet you weren't one either.

Norman closed the third round out with a 72, two over for the day. Yet, it was his first two rounds of consecutive even par 70's that have him the sole leader at +2.

Although Norman has only hit 38% of fairways, he is demolishing the field with his 59% of greens hit and 1.59 average of putts per hole.

If Norman can have another solid round on Sunday, and not have a collapse as he did in the 1996 Masters, we will witness Norman become golf's oldest Major champion.

But can Norman overcome the jitters of that 96' Masters? Can "The Shark" attack on Sunday and rid himself of the critics who say he can't win a big one anymore since his last major win in 93' at Royal St. George?

We'll just have to wait and see tomorrow morning. 

But I can tell you this, no Tiger, no problem. At least for this British Open. A big name golfing legend, coming out of the woodwork to put himself in position to take the championship? The PGA could not have asked for any better scenario.