Sunday, July 27, 2008
Greg Norman Cleaned Up Early Round Throw-Up from Self, Finished Top Five at Senior British
Greg Norman might have started out like the pre-Royal Birkdale Norman we were used to, but he sure finished like he was a 53-year-old just hitting his prime.
At the Senior British Open, Norman carded a first round 75 and followed that up with a sloppy 72, but weekend rounds of 67-68 at Royal Troon had the Shark finish in a tie for fifth place, his second straight top-five. Norman will have to keep his hot streak up at the Women's British Open next week to have a chance at completing the trifecta.
Norman spoke after the round about how much fun it was competing for two weeks straight in the major championships.
"I enjoyed (the two weeks) on a scale of 1 to 10, a 10," Norman said.
"I enjoyed every step, loved it. From a scoring perspective, I haven't enjoyed that. I've played a lot better than what my scores indicated and just didn't work out."
As I've noted, Norman did not choke at the Open, he just finally ran into a guy (Padraig Harrington) that wasn't going to get beat. This week, he struggled early after probably more golf pressure and media attention than he's had in ten years, only to find his game again and close strong.
I might not speak for everyone when I say it would be smart for Norman to skip the PGA Championship invitation and just ride out in the sunset at a pretty unexpected high point in his career, but if he does play, I hope his game holds up for two more weeks.
Parties are always more fun with that random old guy walking around, hitting on girls that are partly amused, party creeped out.