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Greg Norman

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Norman was born in Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia and is of British descent. He began his career as a trainee in the Royal Queensland golf shop for the famed Charlie Earp, earning AUD 28 a week. The first professional tournament he won was the 1976 Westlakes Classic in his home country, and he soon moved on to success on the European Tour and later the PGA Tour.

Norman won The Open Championship twice, in 1986 and 1993, and also won The Players Championship in 1994 in record-setting fashion (averaging 68.81 per round for the year). Despite his huge success on the U.S. PGA Tour and his many wins around the world, Norman will be forever regarded as an underachiever (given his talents), a characterization fueled by his myriad near-misses in The Masters, the U.S. Open, and the PGA Championship. He was equally a victim of his own bad luck and good luck on the part of his fellow golfers in major championships. He infamously lost a near-certain PGA Championship in 1986 after Bob Tway holed a greenside bunker shot (though Norman himself shot a 76 that day), and lost The Masters the following year in a playoff on an even more miraculous 45-yard chip shot by Larry Mize on the second play-off hole.

Norman won the PGA Tour of Australia's Order of Merit six times: 1978, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1986, and 1988. He won the European Tour's Order of Merit in 1982, and topped the PGA Tour's Money List in 1986, 1990, and 1995. He won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour three times: 1989, 1990, and 1994; and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001. His dominance over his peers (despite his comparative lack of success in the majors) was probably best expressed in the Official World Golf Rankings: Norman finished the season on top of the ranking list on seven occasions, in 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996 and 1997, and was second at the end of 1988, 1993 and 1994.

Norman had attempted to starve out his wife Laura by canceling his wife's credit cards and changing the locks to their $35 million home. This was done in an attempt to force Laura to slash the $300 million divorce settlement which was originally agreed to in June 2006. Norman's legal team also sent Laura a letter stating Norman's refusal to provide his wife with any more financial funds to continue her legal representation unless she agreed to a reduced amount of the divorce settlement. In September 2007 Norman announced his intention to marry former tennis champ Chris Evert

Norman was also an early customer for the Boeing Business Jet, which he had ordered with custom fitted bedroom and office. However, the downturn in the Asian markets adversely affected his golf course design business, and he latterly cancelled the order after acting as an ambassador for Boeing He eventually retained his Gulfstream V.

† Tiger Woods (USA) is the current World No. 1, and has spent the most weeks in that position, currently over 450.


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