Greg Norman Passes on Final Open Spot
Greg Norman has announced he will forgo his final year of eligibility in The Open Championship.
For me to get ready to go and play at St. Andrews, I need to practice. And I don’t have time to practice because I’m doing two USGA events for Fox,” Norman said in an interview with the BBC. “I’m not going to walk to the first tee and feel like I’m taking up the space of some young kid who could actually learn a heck of a lot more from it. I don’t believe in doing that. I think it’s so unfair to do that.”
Despite his near misses at the other three Majors – he finished second or tied for second seven times at the Masters, US Open, and PGA Championship – Norman was a star at The Open, winning in 1986 and 1993.
In 2008, afterffa having not made the cut of a Major in five years, Norman came alive at The Open, leading by two strokes after 54 and ultimately finishing third despite being 53 years old at the time.