Posted December 11, 2013

Greg Norman Says Tiger Is Tough but ‘I Probably Would Have Beat Him’

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In an interview with David DeNunzio for the January issue of Golf Magazine, Greg Norman wanted to set the record straight on the heavyweight golf matchup-that-never-was: the Shark vs. the Tiger.

“I never feared anything or anyone on the course, and I wasn’t afraid to fail,” said Norman. “So I think I’d do pretty well against Snead, Hogan, Tiger and Phil — whoever. Tiger’s a tough guy, but I was a tough guy on the course, too. I probably would have beat him.”

Woods’ 661 total weeks atop the World Golf Ranking and 14 major championships dwarfs Norman’s line at 331 and two, but it hasn’t stopped Norman from being critical of Woods. In a 2011 interview with Golf Magazine, Norman predicted that Woods would never win another major.

“Tiger, when he dominated, had a single-shot approach. It was only about the golf. Everything else was taken care of. I mean he was put up on this pedestal, and he enjoyed it, likely so, because he did what he did. But now there are so many other distractions, and people are looking for things that are wrong with Tiger now, so he’s got to deal with that on a day-to-day basis, like every other mortal has to do, right? In our lives, in our business, we all have to be responsible for our actions. It’s very hard for him to have that focus. And the more he shuts people off, the worse it gets.”

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72 comments
wardy
wardy

I think we most of us agree that Norman is a complete moron who talks out his a*s most of the time

ronlovesfrance
ronlovesfrance

Has been, used to be, could have, should have, would have!  Some words that describe Greg Norman! 

Teedoff
Teedoff

Let's see, Tiger abused Nick Faldo on the course, Azinger would get demolished as well, but Greg Norman thinks he would have probably beat Tiger.  Okayyyyyyyyyyyyy. 

howard
howard

Greg has always put Tiger down.    Maybe he isn't a racist, and probably doesn't believe he's one - but he has always appeared to be one.     Maybe he'd say the same thing about Phil if Phil's and Tiger's records were reversed.

gemsurf1953
gemsurf1953

Greg has reached that pinnacle in life where he's always talking about what he used to do, what he could have done, etc... etc... etc..  But when he had those opportunities, he choked time and again?  Keep talking Greg, it won't be too long before you  realize all the "I used to" stuff just makes you a "Has Been"!  BTW~ Tiger would have cleaned your clock then just like he would now!

Bahia
Bahia

delusion is wonderful for the ego

Serge_Storms
Serge_Storms

Norman has a long history of saying dumb things about Tiger.  Perhaps a chip on the shoulder?

JeffreyButler
JeffreyButler

Norman is absolutely correct he would have beaten Tiger.  In the Farmer's Insurance Open, Maybe!  Come Sunday in a tight tournament he would have folded like a lawn chair as he famously has done his entire career.  His disdain for Tiger is without question because Tiger didn't pay homage when Greg was at the top of the sport.  Instead he kicked the ladder out from under him and claimed his spot.  Greg Norman is the dictionary definition of a Hater!  Any attack on Tiger's life personally form him is laughable given that Norman has similar transgressions and is on his 27th marriage.

Teedoff
Teedoff

Ok, so if I'm betting on a match between one Tiger Woods in his prime and one Greg Norman in his prime, ok before I continue is this really a debate?  Anyway, Tiger hands down.  Tiger could be Norman with his C game.

Kapmak
Kapmak

Well, if anyone can be considered an expert at not winning in the majors, it would be Greg Norman.

Kapmak
Kapmak

Well....if anyone knows about not winning majors when everyone is expecting you to win....it would be Greg Norman.

dannycummins
dannycummins

Norman is by many accounts the all-time choker. That's his legacy. So the forum for him should be a frank discussion of what's really going on when, again and again, one must concede and HAND OVER so much silver to peers on Sunday.  What's it like NEXT to the podium while thinking "Wow I did it again!" ?

Tontis_Acheater
Tontis_Acheater

Tiger has played 17 complete seasons on the PGA Tour.


12 seasons before PGA Tour drug testing --  14 Major Championships, 71 regular tour wins


5 seasons after PGA Tour drug testing  --  0 Major Championships, 8 regular tour wins.


Clearly Tiger's success were based on PEDs.  Norman would beat Tiger easily after drug testing.




didymus
didymus

Mr. Norman continues to speak before engaging his brain. Or perhaps the only way he can get any attention is to make outrageous statements.

What in the heck does "Tiger had a single-shot approach" mean? Is it derogatory or complimentary or simply reflective of Norman's usual confused thinking?

Talking about holding oneself responsible, I wonder if Norman holds himself responsible for his actions such as cheating on his good friends wife? 

hcaur
hcaur

Let me see now...isn't this the same guy who says that Tiger would never another major? The same guy who said that Tiger was intimidated by Rory? Isn't this the same guy who had to give his ex wife $300 million because he cheated and his new tennis star wife is now an ex? My question is why these writers and magazines keep giving space to people who have a bone with Tiger Woods? Not once in the past fifteen years and especially in the past few have there been anything written where Tiger has started the criticism of another player.  Let's see  again....will all the sinless hypocrites raise their hands and throw the first rock.  I didn't think so.

clifford45
clifford45

GREG NORMAN HAS MADE MILLIONS LIVING IN AMERICA AND YET HE SEEMS TO TAKE GREAT PLEASURE IN MAKING STATEMENTS ABOUT AMERICA AND OUR GOLFERS THAT MAKE ME THINK HE FORGOT THAT HE COMES FROM AUSTRALIA MAYBE EXCEPT FOR AMERICA THE MOST RACIST NATION ON EARTH!!!!!!  ANYONE LISTENING TO THIS FOOL FOR THE PAST TEN YEAR CAN ONLY COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT HE IS AS FAR AS TIGER WOODS CONCERN A RACIST FOOL!!!!!!

DonTheGreen
DonTheGreen

The shark was a great golfer and a pathetic loser.  He is no longer a great golfer.

nutz4golf
nutz4golf

Old choko pop speaks! the only person Greg beat regularly in high pressure situations was himself.

WarrenTaylor
WarrenTaylor

Greg Norman was one of the best, if not the best of his time, however he had a difficult time holding the lead in significant and major tournaments. If one were to check the record, he held the lead on the back nine in each and everyone of the tournaments where someone chipped in and eventually won the tournament. In the 1986 Masters he was in the middle of the fairway with a 9 iron in his hand, only needing a par to tie Jack Nicklaus, he nearly hit his approach shot into the gallery, made bogey. It maybe to harsh to say Norman was a choking dog, but there is evidence to support that point of view.

davidaddison9653
davidaddison9653

If Greg would have won a major, he would have beaten Tiger.

fromperpig
fromperpig

If I was Greg, I'd demand right of final approval for release prior to any interview.   I get the feeling all of this stuff is being taken out of context.   When interviewed on TV, I don't hear him making such incendiary and self incriminating comments.  Makes you wonder if there's an ongoing smear campaign under works.

tommyrogo
tommyrogo

Greg Norman, the only golfer to have the 54 hole lead in all the majors in one year.  AND he didn't win one. Yes he was tough on the course...BUT also a Sunday Yakker.  Remember when Monty said he would beat Tiger?  How did that turn out?  


Greg is just trying to stay relevant.  And it's not working.  

dfvboulder
dfvboulder

 Norman was a "tough guy" on the course?  R U kidding?!


He was a clutching dog.  His Fold-O versus Faldo was THE greatest collapse of all time.

Michaeli3i3
Michaeli3i3

I am tired of this guys immense ego.

her ranks, all time:

  PGA tour wins  #33

  Major Championship wins #44

  I think he should be comparing himself to the MANY golfers that are ahead of him....

NVSKIN
NVSKIN

Woods is in Norman's head.... Norman is pissed Woods never kissed his white A.. ....Norman is a bitter guy....he won two grand slams and had 2 divorces ... move on Greg you had your time

jradam77
jradam77

How many years did it take to get a green jacket on the continent of Australia?

The Computer Store Owner
The Computer Store Owner

Before PED testing began in 2008 there is NO WAY Norman could have beat Tiger!  After PED testing began Norman was too old to beat Tiger.  I don't understand his statement.

MalcomC
MalcomC

C'mon wood fans , if he can cheated at life , doing PED is nothing.

MalcomC
MalcomC

C'mon wood fans it's the truth, if he can cheated at life, doing PED is nothing.

Serge_Storms
Serge_Storms

@Tontis_AcheaterWhere is your evidence of Tiger's alleged PED usage?  The information you have provided is easily dismissed as coincidence.  His performance decline was affected by his divorce, knee surgery, swing changes, new caddie, and new coach.

JeffreyButler
JeffreyButler

@Tontis_Acheater Tiger's driver has always been an issue so using your insane logic please explain how PED's help a marvelous short game and being the most clutch putter the sport has ever seen?

SwimFan
SwimFan

@Tontis_Acheater  Was he on drugs when he was eight or nine years old and beating boys that were older than him? How about when he was winning junior and amateur titles before turning pro?It's in his blood. Tiger has always been good, and he does not need any drugs to win. He first broke 80 at the age of eight years of age, and broke 70 at the age of twelve. There were no drugs involved.

There have been changes to the golf courses and stiffer competition. Those are the reasons for Tiger not winning another major. And don't forget, he has had some injuries. But he's still the greatest. And he will win another major championship. Wonder what your explanation will be then?

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

STOP SHOUTING!!!!! 


Nobody pays any attention to people who write posts LIKE YOURS!!!!

RCH
RCH

@davidaddison9653 Norman won 2 British Opens. Nothing compared to 14 but still majors nonetheless. 

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

I don't like Norman -- I think he's a sleaze in lots of ways -- but I think you have a good point. 

Sports media is petty and vicious, and if golf isn't the worst for vitriolic meanness, it's in the conversation.

eyeforaneye
eyeforaneye

@NVSKIN say no more, that's hilarious, I think he is dating chambalee what ever his name is...

Happygolfer
Happygolfer

@jradam77 With a funny piece of long iron that Adam Scott calls a putter!  So it does not count.  Australia is yet to win the Masters.

SwimFan
SwimFan

@The Computer Store Owner  Were you the guy at Northwestern that kept following Tiger around? I don't know what you look like, but the guy that kept following Tiger around, I took it to be you. The guy seems to be more interesting in finding something wrong than enjoying the golf. That's the kind of person that you portray to be. You are more interested in finding something negative to say than something positive.

Sensible
Sensible

@MalcomC Just as you sounding dumb on this thread, in life........well, you get the picture.

The Computer Store Owner
The Computer Store Owner

@SwimFan @Tontis_Acheater   Swim fan,  nice theory until you consider that Phil Mickelson who is even older than Tiger and played more years "before testing" than Tiger had only 3 majors BT and 2 majors AT-- and he had to play against the same stiff competition.  


"Excuses, excuses are a way to hide from the truth."  --Computer Store Owner

HaydenSharpe
HaydenSharpe

@Happygolfer Adam Scott's Masters win is in the history books your opinion is irrelevant!!!

The Computer Store Owner
The Computer Store Owner

@SwimFan @The Computer Store Owner  Just my honest opinion of Tiger, SwimFan.  I say what I think about Tiger.  I don't lie just to be "positive".  I'd rather be truthful.  And I think Tiger is a cheater.  Yep, that's negative.  Feel free to ignore all the evidence that backs up my opinion if you like.  Then I'd call you an "enabler". Be like a teenager and call me a "hater" because I value and expect honesty, integrity, and strength of character out of golf heroes.  Make me out to be some kind of a nerd in the comment section if you can.  But it won't change my life or my honest opinion.

The Computer Store Owner
The Computer Store Owner

@LadyM @The Computer Store Owner   If that is an honest question I'll give an honest answer.  I have nothing against Black people and treat them exactly the way I treat any other race--including my own.


If that is a shameless attempt to "bear false witness" and portray me as a racist, then shame on you.  I thought every good Christian like yourself would know each of the 10 Commandments.  But, if you ask me to forgive you for this sin against me, I will forgive you.


You preach about "not judging".  Yet you predict I will go to Hell.


Got any logs in your eye?

LadyM
LadyM

@The Computer Store Owner  Can I ask you a question? What do you have against Black people? Especially the successful ones. The way you post and comment, you probably can deal with the mediocre ones, but the ones that sit above you, you find it hard to agree or find success in giving them their due.

CSO, you need to get over yourself and learn to accept that this is a different time, and there are successful people, Black and White. I bet if Tiger would come and give you a million dollars, you would be his best friend. But since there is distance between you and him, all you do is attack his character to make it seems that he is not worthy of his accomplishments.

If God can forgive, why can't you? God will hold you accountable for not forgiving. God is love, but you are not. In my opinion, hell will be your home, and not heaven.

SwimFan
SwimFan

  You know what I really think, Tiger is curse because of his greatness. You are one of the ones who held him at a certain level. A level way above anyone else. And when he was caught cheating as you call it, he was thrown under the bus never to resurface again. But you know what, he's not perfect. And he's not the only one who has done something wrong. There are some who are gambling, speeding, drinking and of course cheating. But are they called out like Tiger? Of course not, they are not Tiger. Tiger lives under a microscope and there's no escaping of what he does. It's a shame though because he can't even get a second chance with some people. Especially you. 

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