Greg Norman

Greg Norman
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Personal information
Full nameGregory John Norman AO
NicknameThe (Great White) Shark
Born (1955-02-10) 10 February 1955 (age 63)
Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)[1]
Weight180 lb (82 kg)[1]
Nationality Australia
ResidenceJupiter Island, Florida, United States
Spouse1981–2007 Laura Andrassy
2008–2009 Chris Evert
2010–present Kirsten Kutner
ChildrenMorgan Leigh, Gregory
Career
Turned professional1976
Former tour(s)PGA Tour of Australasia
PGA Tour
European Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins88
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour20
European Tour14
Japan Golf Tour2
PGA Tour of Australasia31 (3rd all-time)
Other23
Best results in major championships
(wins: 2)
Masters Tournament2nd/T2: 1986, 1987, 1996
U.S. Open2nd: 1984, 1995
The Open ChampionshipWon: 1986, 1993
PGA Championship2nd: 1986, 1993
Achievements and awards
member page)
PGA Tour of Australia
Order of Merit winner
1978, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988
European Tour
Order of Merit winner
1982
PGA Tour
leading money winner
1986, 1990, 1995
PGA Player of the Year1995
PGA Tour
Player of the Year
1995
Vardon Trophy1989, 1990, 1994
Byron Nelson Award1988, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995
Old Tom Morris Award2008
Charlie Bartlett Award2008

Gregory John Norman AO (born 10 February 1955)[2][3] is an Australian professional golfer and entrepreneur[4] who spent 331 weeks as the world's Number 1 Official World Golf Rankings ranked golfer in the 1980s and 1990s.[5] He has won 91 international tournaments, including 20 PGA Tour tournaments and two majors: The Open Championships in 1986 and 1993.[6][7][8] Norman also earned thirty top-10 finishes and was the runner-up 8 times in majors throughout his career.[9] He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001 with the highest percentage of votes (80%) of any golfer to date.[10] In a reference to his blond hair, size, aggressive golf style and his birthplace's native coastal animal, Norman's nickname is "The Great White Shark" (often shortened to just "The Shark"), which he earned after his play at the 1981 Masters.[11][12]

During and after his playing career, Norman engaged in numerous entrepreneurial and philanthropic endeavors. He currently serves as the chairman and CEO of the Greg Norman Company, a global corporation with a portfolio of companies in fields like apparel, interior design, real estate, private equity, golf course design, and more.[7] Norman has also donated to and established numerous charities and charity events like the QBE Shootout which benefits the CureSearch for Children's Cancer fund.[13] He became a Trustee of the Environmental Institute for Golf in 2004[14] and received the Golf Writers Association of America's Bartlett Award in 2008 for his philanthropic endeavors.[15]

In 2009 as part of the Q150 celebrations, Greg Norman was announced as one of the Q150 Icons of Queensland for his role as a "sports legend".[16]

Early years

Norman in 1969 on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

Norman was born in Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia to Mervin and Toini Norman. His mother was the daughter of a Finnish carpenter, and his father an electrical engineer.[11][17] As a youth, he played rugby and cricket and aspired to be a professional surfer.[11][18] His mother Toini, who had a single-figure handicap, taught the 15-year-old Norman how to golf and allowed him to caddy for her at the Virginia Golf Club in Brisbane.[11][19] Within about eighteen months, Norman went from a 27 handicap to a scratch handicap.[20] Norman attended Townsville Grammar School in Townsville, Queensland (enrolled 1964) then moved on to Aspley State High School on the north side of Brisbane.[21]

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