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Wednesday
Dec122012

Norman: Rory Has Better Chance To 19 Majors, Suffers Food Poisoning Bout Soon Thereafter

The incendiary Tuesday night comments, reported by Greg Davis, about how Woods "can't keep up with Rory," how Rory has a better chance to 19 majors, and in Freudian reliving of his marriage to Chris Evert, Norman's analysis of the Caroline Wozniacki effect on Rory.

The AP story on the food poisoning he experienced after two holes Thursday of the Australian PGA at Coolum.

Maybe not a Sicillian message, but I do believe the Golf Gods have ways of sending gentle reminders to shut up!

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Tiger is now a underdog to reach 19 and McElroy, even though he is very young, would be a underdog to even reach double digits.

I think the Nicklaus record is going to survive for the lifetime of everyone here.

And I agree that Norman needs to zip it.
12.12.2012 | Unregistered Commenterfyg
So the secret to longevity in golf is to find a girlfriend that will get your hungover ass out of bed in the morning to go running....eh Greg?
12.13.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
New rule: canntention anyone and Jack's record until they are at least at 10 majors. Pretty please with our collective sanity on top.

And if you do talk about it, your name is banished from interview roles for a period of time. That ought to get Greg to shut up
12.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterElf
Norman has to open his yap about every month or so to keep his "brand" alive. He laughs because the media saps always give him play.
12.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
Is Norman known to gamble with his own money?
12.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Why is Greg so nervous about losing his place in golf lore? He has nothing to worry about -- his place in the game is secure.....stuck in steerage on the ship of golf history, while Jack and Tiger drink mai tais on the Lido deck.
12.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoger
Greg should remember that it is better to remain quiet and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
12.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStanley Thompson
Will all the pros who predicted Tiger would demolish Jack's records please stand up.
We must assume they have already shut up.
Greg is part of the first group but not part of the second.

The press always asks these questions because they assume guys like Greg are experts. They are not!
More like Karl Rove, Dick Morris and Joe Scarborough.
Americans always get so thin-skinned on the subject of Greg Norman. How was he being out of line? He suggests that a young and healthy major-winner has a better chance of getting to 19 than once-dominating golfer with shot knees and suspect nerves.
Big deal. It's not an unreasonable bet.

I do agree with elf's plea not to talk about these things until guy boosts his number of majors well past, uh, two.
But prognosticating about Rory's longterm prospects is no crime.
Unless you're Greg Norman.
12.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterClaude
Long-term forecasts are fraught with difficulty. However, that hasn't stopped Tiger Fans from making long-term forecasts for Eldrick.

That said, if Greg would have made a relative forecast (as opposed to an absolute forecast of reaching 19) he would have reduced his risk considerably.

For instance, over the next decade as Rory still has 10-12 years of ascendancy to his peak, it is almost a certainly that he will accumulate more majors that Tiger over then next decade as Father Time erodes Tigers hands and knees.

But as far as reaching a specific number, who knows (although Earl Woods may have totally lucked out at predicting 14 majors for his son if Tiger never wins a major again).
The Hollywood Reporter version of the story: "Shark Bites Tiger, Gags On Tail"
12.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRLL
What I think is most funny is not Norman's handicapping of major totals, but his analysis of "life partners", a topic Norman knows even less about than majors!!
12.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris
Chris, he has had 3 life partners and 2 majors...
12.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTighthead
I do miss those Shark golf balls though. Low compression, decent feel, moderate price. I think Maxfli made em'. Although a better golfer than me, Norman's a blowhard. Like to see him and Trump in a hair-off though.
12.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAverage Golfer
Oh dear Greg, now many more times . I think it best that Greg just says very little and a lot of us will be very happy.
12.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

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