Shark Comes Out of Hiding in Shanghai

In an era before Tiger Woods, there was Greg Norman. Sure, he didn’t win as many majors – two British Open titles to be exact – but that never stopped the Great White Shark from being one of the golfing world’s best drawcards.

That was more than a decade ago, though, and the former world number one is now more occupied with his businesses than he is with playing.

However, he is scheduled to make a rare competitive appearance in this week’s Asian Open, co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour, at the Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club in Shanghai, China.

At 53 years old, Norman has made a successful transition into the world of business, which involves a lot of golf course design. And as he said on the Asian Tour website, he still has the appetite for the game.

“I’ve always been a believer of promoting the game of golf, whether through the business world or through opportunities like this, playing. I’ve seen what has happened here in China and it’s phenomenal to see that.

“I haven’t really quit the game of golf. I still practice, I still play. As long as I get invited to come back, I’m going to continue to play in certain places around the world. We have a couple of job opportunities here and will have some meetings this week.”

This will be Norman’s third start this season, though no one is counting on him adding to the more than 90 tournaments he has won worldwide.

The Aussie spent 331 weeks at number one in the world rankings before Tiger came along and played a huge role in helping to popularise the sport, especially as a television spectacle.

He is also well-known for his near-misses at majors, having completed a Grand Slam of almost winning the US Masters, US Open, British Open and US PGA Championship at various times.

No doubts Norman’s followers will look forward to seeing him play this week at Shanghai, taking time out to remember all the great golfing moments he has provided over the years.

2 Responses to “Shark Comes Out of Hiding in Shanghai”

  1. Lachlan Harris says:

    Hi Andy
    My trip to Mission Hills in May 08 was absolutely great…played 7 different courses over 10 days.Our group of 30 players ran our own daily tounament with prizes for individual aggregate scores. My playing partner(also my room mate) and I went into the last day’s play equal on points…ater 15 holes still equal …hole 16 was par3….I scored bird 2…he wiped…..hole 17 …he pulled 1 back..hole 18 …I put my drive into a bl….dy great waterfall….I guess I need some more of your tips???/practise…He walked away with a new putter (prize) I got a new chipper

  2. lachlan harris says:

    Hi Andy
    Just a short note to say I am going to China (Mission Hills) next week for golf heaven (so I am told)10 days of golf.I will be trying your tips and instruction ‘Will let you know when I return 21 maybe some pics
    Lachlan Harris

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