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Greg Norman and Tiger Woods have never had the best of relationships, with the Australian once stating how despite living less than half a mile from each other, neither man had said a word to each other in over ten years. Norman has also not been afraid to take public jabs at Woods in the past.

In 2013, Norman claimed that he would have gotten the better of Woods had they competed against each other, saying: “Tiger’s a tough guy, but I was a tough guy on the course, too. I probably would have beat him,” while earlier this year he stated with regards to Woods’ comeback: “I don’t care how Tiger does.”

Despite not caring how Woods performs, the two-time major champion once again has chosen to speak publicly about Tiger, explaining how he would hate to see golf  “get lost again in that Tiger talk.”

Speaking on the Yahoo Finance Sportsbook podcast, Norman stated:

“I hope they don’t put all their eggs in one basket again and be all Tiger and forget about all this other wonderful, fantastic talent even coming out of Korea and Japan and South Africa and Australia. Unbelievable amount of talent bubbling up around the world, and I’d hate to see them get lost again in that Tiger talk.”

Norman also had a unique take on the effect Woods has on the TV ratings. The Australian believes the reason behind the rating increase when Woods plays is not because he moves the needle, but his ability to bring out the best in his more talented peers.

“TV ratings are up because of what Tiger Woods does to every other player. It’s not just about the one player; it’s about all the supporting cast who are equal if not better than him. He’s just pulling them along to make them more standout.”

A very curious take from Norman indeed, especially when you consider that just two weeks ago all of Woods’ close competitors folded on Sunday afternoon as Woods waltzed to PGA Tour win number 80 of his career.

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  1. John Papadakis

    Oct 11, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Norman is a loser.. His products/play and behavior all demonstrate that. I guess the news people could not find anybody worthwhile to talk to this day. His comments are just plain ridiculous.

  2. Tony

    Oct 10, 2018 at 6:06 am

    We all love Tiger. We want to see him play every shot. We just don’t want to see him scratching his bum, picking his nose, lobbing gollys on the turf, and discussing 5 club selection possibilities with Joe. There are other golfers out there too.

  3. Jay Davis

    Oct 9, 2018 at 9:31 am

    He’s always been a hater of great golfer’s. Maybe he needs to take a back seat and be quiet and just watch what he can’t do anymore. Play great golf.

  4. El Hanna Thomas

    Oct 9, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Mr Normans continuous negative commentary comes from a deep place in his heart that won’t allow him to say nice things about tiger. Maybe tiger stanned him and didn’t sign one of those stupid Bermuda style cowboy hats Greg likes to wear so much Lol.

  5. Marsha Densmore

    Oct 9, 2018 at 2:53 am

    I remember the Sunday that Greg went in 11 up in the lead, Nope he didn’t win. If Tiger was ahead by 11 you know he’s going to win.. Greg you never had what Tiger has, never! I loved the why the people rusted the course when Tiger won. Never seen that before, loved it. I don’t know if anyone can bring to golf what Tiger has. I’m happy what he bring, the players are too!

  6. Mike

    Oct 8, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    Greg Norman seems to be the only person in the world who isn’t aware that he’s known as a choker. For him to say he’s tough and would have beaten Tiger shows that he has an unrealistic view of himself. Tiger is by far the best closer in history. Norman doesn’t realize that he just gave the entire golfing public a big laugh.

    • Marsha Densmore

      Oct 9, 2018 at 2:57 am

      Remember the Sunday Greg was up by 11, no he didn’t win….

      • Pete

        Oct 9, 2018 at 5:07 am

        And shot 40 on the back nine at the ‘86 PGA… but yeah, Bob put it in from the bunker…

  7. Eric McDade

    Oct 8, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Norman and his good buddy Donald Trump both living in alternate realities. What a joke.

  8. Bill S.

    Oct 8, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    Greg, please go play with your new chainsaw.

  9. Tom

    Oct 8, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Norman is an irrelevant choker… He couldn’t carry Tiger’s bag on his best day!

  10. Glftips

    Oct 8, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    I live near them both. Norman is not well liked and was thrown out of The Medalist because he is such a jerk. Clearly he is jealous of Tiger’s record and the attention he has received.

    • Tjdoty72

      Oct 8, 2018 at 4:18 pm

      Couldn’t agree more! If he really think that everyone was tune into see all the supporting cast he is a complete idiot. And I always liked Greg norman but that is the most ridiculous explanation to the rating increase I have ever heard. He obviously lacks the simple intellect to use basic correlation common sense!!! Tiger gone = LOW Ratings / Tiger Present = VERY HIGH Ratings!!! Not real hard to figure out what drives ratings Greg!!!

  11. Jack Nash

    Oct 8, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Totally understand where Norman’s coming from. When Woods had his comeback it was 24/7 Woods on GC. It shouldn’t been taken as a negative for somebody expressing his opinion. Once you bad mouth him it’s time to look in the mirror. Woods has done a lot for the game but there’s more than 1 player that keeps golf where it is. Golf didn’t disappear when Woods was gone. Many, many great young players have shown what they have. They’ve won majors and will keep going. That’s if you get to hear about them on GC if Woods is in the same Tourney.

    • Robert Harte

      Oct 9, 2018 at 9:39 am

      I agree. Greg’s comments are more bashing the media than Tiger. I realized recently that except for his use of foul language I didn’t dislike Tiger. I really disliked the way the announcers ignored all the other player while making comments about Tigers like lovesick teenagers.

  12. Thomas Horonzy

    Oct 8, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Two majors vs fourteen. If they were to play I’d be betting on the Big Cat. As for ratings, he may bring the play of others up but they still have problems beating him. Think about it. Gone for five years, he has what eight top tens including two runner-ups including the Open plus a win. Who else has done anything close to that save for the Wee Mon. Sorry, Greg. There is a strong bias in your camp. Hopefully, it is jealousy and not prejudice.

  13. kevin bayer

    Oct 8, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    I don’t know who is more jealous, this guy or Johnny miller.

  14. Buck Buckner

    Oct 8, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Tiger talk is a bore.

  15. C

    Oct 8, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    The most jealous golfer in the history of the sport!!!

  16. Tom54

    Oct 8, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Love him or hate him,you have to agree that tv coverage when Tiger is playing is a bit over the top. I do not think Norman is criticizing Tiger by stating what happens. The announcers practically trip over themselves to constantly tell us about Tiger as if he’s the only one in the field. I like Tiger just as much as the next person, but please don’t overlook all the other talent just because he’s playing this week. Arnie retired,Jack retired,and one day Tiger will exit the stage too. Golf will carry on as always.

    • Paul Neil

      Oct 8, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      But not soon enough for me. The coverage is biased towards him I for one turn it off. Ithink they are all on his payroll.

      • Mike

        Oct 8, 2018 at 4:07 pm

        Paul, I think you are correct! They are all on his payroll and stated another way, thanks to Tiger their payrolls are MUCH larger!

    • Mike

      Oct 8, 2018 at 10:51 pm

      I can tell you that since Tiger’s retutn
      1. I know a dozen people who purchased the PGA Tour Live app so they can watch Tigers early rounds.
      2. My phone blows up with texts and txt threads when he’s playing.
      3. I was in a tent after a golf tournament I play in every year the Sunday of the tour championship and there were a hundred guys going crazy watching him on the big screen they had in there. I’ve never seen that kind of reaction to any other player winning a tournament.
      The haters don’t realize that Tigers the only person most people care about.

    • Anthony Welch

      Oct 10, 2018 at 5:56 am

      Probably the most sensible comment in this forum.

  17. Me

    Oct 8, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    The only thing Norman was ever good at was chasing women. He probably learned from his partner in crime, Bill Clinton. Otherwise Norman was an overrated choke artist who never met a major he didn’t lose.

    • Curtis Carter Jr.

      Oct 8, 2018 at 1:46 pm

      ME, Have you forgotten about the Waffle House waitress(es) that Tiger has bagged? I would not claim that Greg’s winning record is anywhere near Tiger’s — I just agree with Greg that, when Tiger is playing, the TV coverage of him is too fawning and overbearing, to the exclusion of most of the other very talented players in the field.

  18. Tom

    Oct 8, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    I agree with Norman. I was turned off by the golf coverage when woods was winning and it has started again. 90% of the coverage has been on woods since he came back. I may have to start watching bowling.

  19. joro

    Oct 8, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    WOW, he and Azinger sure brought out the weenie tiger rappers. Now for Norman, what planet does he live on to think he would have beaten Tiger. The guy is getting more and more off balance every time he opens his Pie hole. My God Greg, go out and do something.

  20. Boyo

    Oct 8, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Tiger would bury you like the stinking choking dog that you are.

  21. Scott

    Oct 8, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Norman is a bitter egomaniacal piece of dog excrement.

    I could tell you stories about that jerk from when I volunteered at the Buick Open in the 90’s. Miserable nasty wretch of a man.

  22. Greg

    Oct 8, 2018 at 11:30 am

    His own opinion of himself aside, isn’t it telling that no one puts Norman in the top 10 golfers of all time? Why? Because despite being No. 1 in the word for 331 weeks, he only won two majors. Two. Larry Mize beat him. Bob Tway beat him. And yet, he seriously contends that with both of them in their prime, he was the better golfer. Other than total driving, name me one area of the game where Tiger wasn’t markedly superior to Norman. [crickets]

  23. gery katona

    Oct 8, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Probably a bit of jealousy or racial anonymity in those comments. Shame on Norman. Tiger gets attention because he is the only dynamic player on tour, thus people like to watch him. He also has the whole package, good looking, great smile, well-spoken, etc. And oh, he’s the best golfer as well. We’ve never seen another player like him in our lifetimes.

    • Peter

      Oct 10, 2018 at 5:35 am

      So to critise the broadcasters of bias towards Tiger is racist? Whatever next?

  24. GMatt

    Oct 8, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Once again the “Ugly American” rears their head to reply to someone’s comments. Hey he has an opinion, maybe wrong, maybe right, but the venom spilled here in this “politically correct” age of No Bullying, sure shows our true colors in the world…..

    • Ev

      Oct 9, 2018 at 2:26 am

      Well Matt, just as Norman is allowed to state his opinion so does everyone else in this country! Could it be that you don’t like the majority opinion???
      Lol, this is the land of free speech.

  25. Aztec

    Oct 8, 2018 at 9:06 am

    So…ratings go up when Tiger plays because people want to watch other players? This literally makes no sense.

  26. Golf Golf Golf

    Oct 8, 2018 at 5:56 am

    Let’s fix the headline: “Greg Norman Hates Tiger Woods”

  27. robert

    Oct 8, 2018 at 5:19 am

    Just when it appeared Norman might finally redeem himself from three past failures at Augusta National by making a 30-foot eagle on the 13th hole to take the lead, Olazabal rammed home a birdie putt to tie.

    Afterwards The s*** eating grin of Norman ended his quest as olazabal went on to beat the ego laced norman

  28. James

    Oct 7, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    Norman obviously does not like Tiger. But to drivel out such BS just makes him look stupid.

    • James

      Oct 7, 2018 at 8:59 pm

      P.S. to go with the BS: I won’t be buying any Greg Norman wine. What you say picks up or loses customers.

  29. Jamie

    Oct 7, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Regardless of how much of a narcissistic DB he is, Norman is right on this. Ignorant bandwagoning is very dangerous and unstabilizing no matter what the issue.

    • Steven St Clair

      Oct 7, 2018 at 9:10 pm

      Get real. Golf is infinitely more interesting with Tiger back in the discussion.

      • Chris UK

        Oct 8, 2018 at 12:17 pm

        That’s the problem, he’s not back in the discussion, it’s the Tiger show again and it’s boring all the time. He’s right, the young guys are better than him…

  30. Mike

    Oct 7, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    In 2 years between 1999 and 2000 Tiger won as many tournaments on the PGA Tour and double the Majors that Greg Norman won in his entire career. Him criticizing Tiger is a joke.

  31. Scheiss

    Oct 7, 2018 at 11:15 am

    He is King of the blowhard egotistical maniacal sociopathic racist self-obsessed Aussie. Such a prototype. I’ve met so many of these cnuts. What an eejit

    • Craig

      Oct 7, 2018 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks, as an aussie, I am not sure who is being racist here??

      • Craig

        Oct 7, 2018 at 6:08 pm

        BTW. I don’t condone what Norman said, it was dumb.

    • Peter

      Oct 7, 2018 at 6:36 pm

      i am an aussie and find that very offensive.

      • CaoNiMa

        Oct 7, 2018 at 10:32 pm

        Your beds are burning.
        Time to give it back

        lol

      • Scheiss

        Oct 8, 2018 at 1:54 pm

        C U Next Time. You know what that spells

  32. Mortons Salt

    Oct 7, 2018 at 10:57 am

    So much saltiness here…and I know my salt.

    Greg Norman; the Great White Shank. Says he’s tough but mentally collapsed when holding a lead at The Masters.

    He’s just jealous because:
    A) He never won The Masters
    B) Tiger broke his record for consecutive weeks at World #1

  33. Jay Cee

    Oct 7, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Norman’s a jealous and petty little man. Toot toot Norman, keep blowing your own horn.

  34. Syer Shulver

    Oct 7, 2018 at 8:22 am

    He might not care about Tiger. The World cares less about him. Great Golfer in his prime. But he’s now merely ‘history’……

  35. bj

    Oct 7, 2018 at 7:45 am

    think Norman has Tiger on his Rushmore lol.

  36. Johnny Penso

    Oct 6, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Norman’s whole comment gives a bit more context:
    “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.”

    Tiger didn’t win every tournament and Norman didn’t lose every tournament. Norman was also number one for 331 weeks so chances are he would have beaten Tiger here or there just like everyone else did.

  37. Get A Clue

    Oct 6, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Youre probably right Greg. One of the biggest chokers in golf history would have beaten the most clutch and top 2 player of all time…..Said nobody besides you, ever.

    • Get A Clue

      Oct 6, 2018 at 9:22 pm

      And the part about the ratings not being completely due to Tiger is truly one of the dumbest things ive read in a long time.

    • Mike

      Oct 6, 2018 at 9:45 pm

      Norman couldn’t beat the players of his era (an era that was not the ‘strongest’ period of golf talent). How many times did he..choke? 2 Majors, for someone as good as he thinks he was?

  38. Dr Troy

    Oct 6, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    Here we go again with this blow hard, egotistical, JEALOUS, Norman. Your mouth never stops running I see.

  39. Barry Boyd

    Oct 6, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    NEVER liked Norman….heard terrible things about him. But he is correct about this though…golf can survive without Tiger, Tiger Trackers, and disruptive novice golf galleries.

  40. Tom

    Oct 6, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Nice to see Norman with clothes on again.

  41. K

    Oct 6, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Good god is he jealous and brutally wrong. One of the worst takes I’ve ever seen

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  • “The caddies lost their class-action suit in District Court in February 2016 and then lost an appeal in August 2018.”
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  • “The American stated in a social media post how after countless MRI’s, X-Rays and doctor consultations, she has undergone successful hand surgery, and is on a hopeful path back to being pain free.”
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“Per Golf.com, citing Law.com, a 12-person jury convicted Hardwick of “one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, 21 counts of wire fraud and one count of making false statements to federally insured banks.”
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Enthusiasm for golf shoe releases is, well, generally substantially less than for sneaker launches in general. I mean, are there any golf shoe sneakerheads? And certainly plenty of skepticism has met efforts to make golf shoes look less like, um, golf shoes.
  • Thus, this news is interesting: Nike’s Air Jordan 3 golf shoe is flying off the shelves.
  • Via GolfMagic…”Nike’s sixth Jordan spike golf shoe is a throwback to the third line of Michael Jordan’s basketball sneaks that were first launched 30 years ago – shoes that featured MJ’s signature ‘elephant print’ as well as his soon-to-be iconic Jumpman logo on the heel.”
  • “Nike launched this new model back in February in its classic white and grey version, pictured, and then unveiled a brown leather version shortly afterwards. Both shoes retail at $220, but you’ll do very well to get your hands on either them right now as they have sold out on Nike’s website.”
  • “However, a Nike spokesperson has since commented saying “more is on the way.”
(…more is?)
6. Under-the-radar golf brands to know
Golf.com highlights Forya, Dormie, Leus, Birds of Condor, Devereaux, Greyson, and more in a quick sketch of makers of interest. (I would have liked to have seen Sugarloaf Social Club, Holderness & Bourne, Hedge, and Fore Ewe on the list).
7. RIP, Jim Wiechers
Never a Tour winner, Jim Wiechers came close, but that’s not why he’s worth remembering, suggests PGA Tour.com’s Jim McCabe.
“If the national amateur golf stage never fazed Jim Wiechers, the reason was simple. Just to fare well locally in the San Francisco area in the 1960s, Wiechers had to compete against the likes of a rising teenage star named Johnny Miller, future PGA TOUR winners such as Ron Cerrudo, Bob Lunn and Dick Lotz, and a legendary veteran named E. Harvie Ward. That accomplished, Wiechers knew he could more than hold his own in the deep end of the pool.”
“Which he did with distinction….Wiechers won the 1962 U.S. Junior Amateur, the 1964 Western Junior, the 1966 Western Amateur, and finished second, one shot behind Marty Fleckman, at the 1965 NCAA Div. 1 Championship.”
“That Wiechers, who died Monday night at the age of 74, failed to carry that winning touch over to a 12-year PGA TOUR career that featured 32 top 10s, none of them victories, surprised Cerrudo, but never seemed to unsettle his friend.”
8. Does yelling “fore!” work?
A timely question in the wake of the events at Le Golf National… Golf Digest’s Guy Yocom both reflects (on getting plunked in the posterior, among other things) and examines the question.
“Gary had screamed “Fore!” when his drive sailed off line into our fairway. I not only heard him, but had time to spin, crouch, duck and cover my head. But of the four times I’ve been hit-once in the head, twice in the back and once on the butt-this was the only time a shout of “Fore!” reached me in time to react. In two of the instances I didn’t hear anything, even though the hitters all swore they’d screamed it. The most doubtful “Fore!” claim happened on a rock-hard muny when I caught a one-bouncer on the back of the head. My buddy said it made a sound like a coconut falling on Gilligan’s head. He heard the coconut sound but did not hear anyone yell “Fore!””

“Shouts of “Fore!” just aren’t as unassailably effective as most golfers believe. The incident at the Ryder Cup in which Brooks Koepka struck a woman in the eye with a full-blooded driver on the fifth hole of the Friday morning four-ball matches, was, unfortunately, more typical. Although Koepka and others on the tee screamed “Fore!”, video of the incident shows that not one person in the gallery ducked. The injured woman, Corrine Remande, claims no one yelled a warning, and she reportedly filing a lawsuit against the organizers. Remande’s doctors have said she is never going to recover full vision in her right eye.”

9. Hmm…
With all due respect to the PGA Tour Superstore, while the other components of this Titleist AP1 build may be correct, there may have been a slight oversight with respect to one key variable…  (via jakedasnake11 on Reddit)
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