5 Questions With Greg Norman
Two-time major champion Greg Norman talks to The Post’s Justin Terranova about his near fight with a fan at the 1986 U.S. Open at Shinnecock, his brief time at FOX and his new SiriusXM show.
A: It is quite unique. And the first time I was really feeling it was at Shinnecock in 1986. I had been performing quite well and I was a bit of a piranha going against the Americans. I got a little bit heated and the comments made just drilled into me over those three days. And I told the guy, ‘If you want to meet in the car park, let’s meet in the car park.’ That’s part of sporting and the individuality of the sport.
A: I was extremely disappointed. There were accusations I wasn’t doing things I should be doing. I didn’t have a comfortable relationship with some of the people who worked there and they didn’t like what I was doing. I thought I had a lot of powerful insight, but the powers to be or one power to be, didn’t like what I was doing and they wanted to move on so that’s what I did.
A: I don’t really follow Tiger. I am a big advocate of it being such a full field. There’s probably 12 to 16 golfers who I love to follow and watch what they do if they are playing in a tournament because at the end of the day it isn’t about one person, it’s about the golf tournament. If they show Tiger, you know, walking up the fairway or whatever, I’ll turn it off.
A: It’s one of the few golf courses, I think, where you have the 14 clubs in your bag, your 15th club is your mind and your 16th club is how you handle it physically. That course will test every player’s will. I came close to winning there. It’s one of my favorite golf courses in the world. If you are a great driver of the golf ball, and you can fit your driver left to right, then Shinnecock is going to suit you. It makes you have to move your driver.
A: There’s more to life than being a golfer, I wanted to talk about a 360 view of my life: what I’ve experienced, what I’ve seen, who I’ve met, what I’ve learned on and off the golf course. I’d love to talk to leaders of the free world, CEOs, celebrities, entrepreneurs, fellow golfers, just things like that. I’ve been around successful people for 45 years of my life: I’ve been a sponge of learning, a sponge of observation, sponge of trying to take snippets of information that make my life better. If I could share that with my viewers and fans, I think that’s going to be advantageous not only to my viewers and fans, but to myself.