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The ‘repeated flaw’ in Greg Norman’s game that Nicklaus told him about before Shark’s first major win

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As part of its 30th anniversary, ESPN is running a series of shows looking back at some of the most notable sports happenings that occurred from 1979 to 2009.

For golf fans of that era, one of the biggest talking points was surely Greg Norman’s seemingly continual inability to get it done during the 1986 major championships. After all, the Australian had already lost 54-hole leads at the Masters and U.S Open, when a 72nd hole bogey and a poor final round had respectively cost him the titles that his play through the season had richly deserved.

Coming a couple of years after losing a play-off at the U.S Open at Winged Foot, things were not stacking up well for a player that spent 331 weeks as the world number one. As he again led through three rounds, this time at The Open Championship at Turnberry, the omens were not in his favour.

Having admitted that he was nervous about going into the ultimate day, he walked into the clubhouse to be approached by 18-time major winner Jack Nicklaus, at the time eating lunch with Tom Watson, himself an eight-time major winner.

Nicklaus tells the documentary, “I walked over to him and sat down, and I told him: ‘You know, I’ve watched you in the last couple of majors where you didn’t quite get it done, and I’ve seen a flaw repeated.”

The three-time Open champion had spotted that Norman was gripping the club too tight under pressure. This was causing Norman’s ordinarily long, loose and powerful golf swing to become shorter and tighter under pressure, which would cause him to hit wayward shots.

Norman tells that the advice was fairly simple:

“He put his hand on my shoulder: ‘Just focus on your grip pressure tomorrow, that’s it,” revealed Norman.

Lunch companion Watson summed it up: “It was typical Jack, keeping it simple – keep your hands lightly on the club, and just play golf.”

It seemed to do the trick. Norman shot a one-under 69 in his final round to win the first of his two majors by five shots.

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  3. geohogan

    Apr 23, 2022 at 8:01 am

    Has Norman ever revealed the PGA pro/winner who spent a year helping him out of a two year slump in early 90’s or Jack’s sage advise .. not a chance.
    Now he disrespects the PGA tour, to whom he should feel indebted.

  4. Michael

    Apr 21, 2022 at 9:52 am

    His biggest accomplishment of his career is the record choke at The Masters. He is an extraordinary creep.

    • Jimmy

      Apr 22, 2022 at 1:16 pm

      You’re an idiot mark all you’re doing is simping and mimicking the demonization in the mainstream media you’re nothing but an impressionable child you have nothing to base that on

    • Jimmy

      Apr 22, 2022 at 1:17 pm

      Yeah being the number one golfer for 331 weeks straight that’s nothing eh?

    • Bill Board

      Apr 22, 2022 at 1:23 pm

      Michael how’s your golf career going? The fact you’re a total wanker getting in the way?

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Bryson’s current situation with Cobra revealed as he uses TaylorMade driver at Saudi International

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At this week’s Saudi International, Bryson DeChambeau surprised golf fans by putting TaylorMade’s Stealth Plus 2 driver in the bag. Bryson has been a long time staffer at Cobra Golf and it was a shock to see the 28-year-old with a driver from a different OEM to begin his season.

 

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Per Dan Rapaport of Barstool Sports, a Cobra rep has confirmed that Bryson is simply out of contract with the brand, but that the two parties are currently in discussion about this year and the future.

In our forums, our members have been discussing the changeup from DeChambeau, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • FifeRiviera: “Honestly Cobra woods are the single most underrated pieces of equipment on the market.”
  • Lacey Underall: “Just my guess – everyone on LIV will be an equipment free agent soon.”
  • KimmerBH: “Never been a fan of Bryson but I do miss seeing him play every week along with some others that went to LIV. He was definitely entertaining to watch, I’ll give him that.”

Entire Thread: “Bryson using Taylormade Stealth Plus 2 driver at Saudi International; Current situation with Cobra”

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‘Sums up my life in the golf industry’ – Paige Spiranac on polarizing Phil Mickelson tweet

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After a long break from Twitter, Phil Mickelson was extremely active on Twitter yesterday. His resurgence resulted in the golf world reacting for most of the day.

Paige Spiranac used one of Phil’s tweets to “sum up” what it was like to be a female in the golf industry.

The tweet seemed to be a joke, and to be clear the tweet Phil shared wasn’t directed towards Spiranac, yet some Lefty detractors weighed in calling the tweet “misogynistic.”

The full context of the tweet is here:

We can be sure that as long as Mickelson is this active on Twitter, the app will be buzzing with golf personalities and their reactions.

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‘The hypocrisy is astounding’ – Phil Mickelson takes aim at RBC for missing logo at Saudi International

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This morning, Cameron Young played the first round of this week’s Saudi International at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club.

As noticed by Twitter user “EPatGolf”, the 25-year-old PGA Tour player was missing the RBC logo that is typically on his sleeve.

Patterson speculated that the reason for the missing logo was RBC’s reluctance to be associated with golf being played in Saudi Arabia.

Never a stranger to controversy, Phil Mickelson weighed in on the topic, accusing RBC of hypocrisy.

Mickelson has been extremely active on Twitter lately and replied to a Danny Woodhead tweet just a short while ago about a potential LIV vs PGA Tour match with Tiger Woods and Phil as captains, even managing a little dig at his long-time foe.

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