Greg Norman wimps out at PGA Championship, avoids Tiger Woods' killer glare
Greg Norman does not have any more guts at 50 than he did at 30. The Shark withdrew from the PGA Championship citing “muscle fatigue". Apparently, that’s the new code for fear of embarrassing oneself.
Something tells me Norman saved himself from one humbling, uncomfortable first round. For Norman took some shots at Tiger Woods last week. Before he found out he would be paired with Tiger and Michael Campbell in the first round of the PGA.
Norman emphatically declared that Jack Nicklaus in his prime would dominate Tiger Woods in his prime. “Put the technology that we have nowadays in Nicklaus’ hands 30 years ago, he’d eat (Tiger) for lunch,'’ Norman told the New York Daily News.
This isn’t to say Norman’s an idiot. Imagining anyone “eating Tiger for lunch” sounds laugable to me, but I’m not one of those Michelle Wie message board posting zealots who rip on a golfer for daring to say something interesting that isn’t kissing someone’s butt.
But it’s obvious how Tiger Woods would take it. The man does not like it when people question his legacy. Norman surely would have been in for two days of intense Tiger glares on every putt. The safe money would have been on Woods slapping the Shark for 10 strokes on the first day alone.
You don’t mess with Tiger.
Of course, Norman suddenly does not have to worry about that. Mr. Choke himself sidelined himself with … muscle fatigue! Yes, I know he played in four consecutive tournaments coming off back surgery and he had a neurosurgeon’s note. And everyone in high school is really sick on Senior Skip Day too.
Please. This is called Tiger pain.
From Greg Norman, you expect anything else?
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It appears Chris loves Tiger.
Aww. Sorry mate, he's married.
By the way Tiger is a great player.
Jack was also a great player. You cannot possibly say who was better. However Greg Norman is more qualified than anyone to comment.
He was number one himself for years. He is a class player......... and he did win something. He won 80 tournaments.
& what about his 3 majors.
Did he forget to choke then????
.... or could it be that he is not a choker.
I am delighted you managed to get Michelle Wie into your article.
Now you can sleep sound tonight.
All of you are articulate and intelligent, therefore I'm sure you realize that Chris is doing what he's probably paid to do. Take positions/points of view that will definitely illicit strong response from the readership. By that standard, Chris Baldwin is doing a great job. But taken at face-value, Chris is sometimes over-the-top and seemingly brain-dead.
Keep up the good work, Chris!!!
Chris Baldwin is a sub par writer at best, and can't get even more than 1 comment on his other articles that don't personally attack people.
How sad to be such a mediocre writer that the only way to get attention is assassinate someone's character so people feel compelled to answer back.
How about write something of quality so it will get attention on its own.
You should read some Ralph Wiley and Roy Johnson and learn something...(although its impossible for you to even go near the high quality of even their worst work)
Note to Norman (above) - Greg Norman has won only 2 majors, both Open Championships.
However, I have no doubt that Norman on his day could beat Woods. In boxing, Norman would be Foreman, Frazier or Liston - a great athelete that commands respects and would win more often than not.
You on the othe hand seem happy to toss insults at a man who could probably beat you at almost every aspect of you life. I've met Norman and would be happy having a beer with him, gettting him to run a business, letting him look after my kids etc etc. Judging by your writing, you on the other hand, are not worthy to lick his taint.
You knock a 50 year old guy for withdrawing from a golf tournament on medical advice after back surgery?
Tough guy, you sound like the contemptible dribble that like to chew out girl scouts from behind their pansy keyboards.
Win a tournament or 80 and a major or two then type out your words of wisdom about competing.
Chris you blog because your writing sucks so much that no one will pay you to write for them!
Just the type of article I expected from you Chris...
after all YOU are the EXPERT on wimping out.
First of all, Norman withdraw after consulting his doctors: "In conference with my neurosurgeon and physical therapist, they both believe I simply played too much too soon, hence this minor setback."
Did you try to verify that statement in any meaningful way? No, of course you didn't. You just decided to call one of the greatest golfers in the past thirty years a bold-faced liar. How shallow.
And if you think that Tiger cares one jot what others are saying about him, you don't know the first thing about the man. This "Tiger glares on evert putt" is utter nonsense. He would never behave like that on a golf course, no matter what Norman jsut had said about him.
And to cap it all, you completely missed a valid criticism of what Norman said. I bet you didn't even know that Tiger still plays with the same irons he played with when he was 14 years old. That's 15-year-old technology right there, and invalidates a lot of what Norman said about new technology.
If you took some time off from being such an ass, maybe you would have the time to learn what it takes to be a real blogger with interesting and informative entries. But then, that would be too much like hard work.
Even with a bad back, no way Greg would have been slapped by 10 strokes. The shark wouldn't have been shot an 85!
Just to note that Norman and Woods did go head to head during the 2000 Presidents Cup and Woods won but only just.
Norman in his prime might beat Woods three times out of ten max.
Funny how reality takes care of opinion.
And Tiger's wild and inconsistent first round - not an unusual thing for Tiger these days - shows Norman is probably right: Nicklaus, with the same equipment - would beaten Tiger. Why? How? Simple. There is no one in the history of the game who could manage a golf course or his game like Nicklaus - Tiger is incredible, but he's still got things to learn from the Golden Bear.
You wrote about how great Paula Creamer was during the Women's British Open then she triple bogies a hole and went from the Top 4 to 15th!!
Now you write about how Tiger is going to kick butt and he gets a bunch of bogeys and barely misses the cut at + 4 !!
You must be cursed or something !!
Maybe it is a GOOD thing that you hate Michelle Wie--it means she'll be REALLY successful !!
CHRIS YOU ARE THE BIGGEST JINX!!
MORGAN PRESSEL JUST LOST IN THE FINALS TODAY OF THE NORTH AND SOUTH AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP!!
I do agree that there is no comparison with Tiger and Phil being the only two two win two majors in consecutive years. Although a great player Phil has much to proove.
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