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Medalist Tizzy: Shark Wants His Shark Returned

Greg Norman is so outraged that the Medalist club he founded and co-designed with Pete Dye is undergoing a "restoration" that the Shark is willing to deprive men's locker room users of constant reminders of himself.

Tim Rosaforte reports:

The Shark has demanded his name and that of co-designer Pete Dye be taken off the course he founded and wants his memorabilia returned, including the signature shark above the bar in the men's locker room.
 
Norman's issue is the club's hiring of former Dye disciple Bobby Weed to do a restoration of the original Norman-Dye design that opened in 1995.

In a letter sent to Medalist President De Mudd following a board meeting in early December, Norman demanded that the club stop using his name and Dye's in reference to the design of the course. Saturday morning he called the club to arrange an evening to pick up his belongings.

Everybody keep Greg in your thoughts and prayers during this holiday season. The Shark is having to go to the local UHAUL so he can pick up his shark.

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If I remember correctly, there are other architects who have these provisions
in their contracts to design and build courses. Nicklaus design, did at a course
I know. They are doing a remodel and had to use Nicklaus or lose their use of Jack's name and likeness.
As close as Jack and Greg were at one time, he probably has same deals in place.
12.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPat Burke
I hope Greg's portrait doesn't end up in a urinal...
12.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHilltop
Not to be too ignant, but they have a "bar" in a locker room? Them's some serious drinkers.
12.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDD4442
Somewhere Tiger Woods is smiling.
12.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSun Mountain Man
Bobby should bring in Pete and PB to make it a Dye Weed Dye design.
12.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrad S
Is there anyone who says "At the end of the day..." more than the Shark himself?
12.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSun Mountain Man
Isn't the real story here that they are doing a restoration on a 17 year old golf course?
12.23.2012 | Unregistered Commentergreg c
How much could have changed that would need to be restored? Probably would hire Weed over Norman, but lets be honest the Shark did little more than hold a clip board for Pete and his staff.
12.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Jemsek
@SMM David Beckham.
12.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric
IIRC Norman at one time wanted his name taken off a course he designed in Myrtle Beach as his course was being overshadowed by those designed by Dye, Fazio and DL3 at the same complex.
12.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan
Maybe "holding the clip board" was a little harsh, but I've been on site when the tour pro/ co-designer has been there and starts going on about some hole they played in the British Open and how this design could be similar. While no one person designs a course by themselves I can imagine it was mostly Pete and Jason working on the strategy and Norman on the photo ops.
12.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Jemsek
In Soviet Russia, Shark jumps you!
12.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt
In related news, Greg Norman is also asking for a replay of Larry Mize 1987 Masters playoff chip-in, maintaining that, "I'm sure not but Larry might have hit out of turn." Norman also insists that Bob Tway's PGA-winning bunker shot "shouldn't count because it hit a rock that sent it toward the cup," Word is, the Shark may also log protest his blowing of a two-shot lead heading into the final round of the British Open because "That mean Chris Evert woman was playing with my head" and could petition that he be honored with a plaque, bridge or helicopter landing pad at Augusta National because, "After all, I did finish second three times and if you haven't heard, I'm worth $300 million dollars."

Augusta National chairman Billy Payne has asked new member Condolezza Rice to "carefully consider" Norman's requests before rejecting it out of hand.
12.23.2012 | Unregistered Commenterbenseattle
have the maintenance staff drive it over in a pick up and dump the s---t on his front lawn.
12.23.2012 | Unregistered Commenterbob
Pete Dye should have asked his name be removed after all the changes by the Shark.

I am surprised that Pete is letting the Great White shark speak for him, may be that is a little white lie.
12.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPABoy
My experience with a Weed redesign was not too good, it lasted less than a decade before another overhaul was done.
Well, It took 13 comments before ANGC/Billy Payne/Condoleeza was used. Good work 12 of ya, Good Work!!

Seriously, what's with the overuse of the before mentioned??? Lazy snarkyness...
12.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDT
Norman is really a piece of work. He has become a real "caricature" of who he thinks he is to everyone else.
12.23.2012 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
I wonder if Chrissy had to hand back the memorabilia from her lounge room...
12.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatthewM
Weed's redo of White Mannor outside Philly is excellent.

Was Weed on Pete's staff when the Medalist was built?
12.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPABoy
As much as I like Norman ( I really do), I think Ol' Harve is pretty darn close on this. Greg would do well to shut up and drive.
12.23.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Weeds redesign work has won Rennovation of the Year in 2011 for Linville Ridge and 2012 for Palma Ceia. I think Weed was still the Tour's architect when Medalist was built.
12.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrad S
Watch the Shells match between Norman and Nick Price. The course was far better when it first opened. Norman has tinkered with the course every year since it opened and made it far worse.

I know a member who said every year it was a new course because Greg would mess with it over the summer. He was determined to get all of Pete out of the course, moved the bunkers from the inside to the outside and basically seeded the sandy waste areas. Holes like the 17th are nothing like origianlly built.

The original design featured pot bunkers. Those are long gone. He planted the GN2 grass which I will admit is fantastic but is far different then a links course.
12.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPhil
Always thought Greg was OK. Who couldn't identify with his pure game back when it took talent to hit a golf ball 300+ yards straight, his spectacular failures, and his simple misfortune on the golf course? But then along comes Chrissie, and whateverafter...Anyway, to echo Digs and ol Harv, as they say in these parts, Greg obviously has the world confused with an agglomeration of golfers who gives a sh*t. Pity.
12.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
@ greg c

It's not news in FL. Most of the courses stink - even the big money ones - so reno's of young courses are not uncommon. Speaking of renovations, didn't someone recently proclaim Smyers reno at twin eagles in naples as the best of the year. Must have been the only reno done last year, because that course still sucks. Smyers did a good job fixing some of Player's mess, but that course was so bad that filling in some lakes is the only way to turn it around. How does Player still get work? Oh yeah, his name sells real estate to old people.
12.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterFifth Column
DDD42 asked "Not to be too ignorant, but they have a "bar" in a locker room? Them's some serious drinkers. "
In Australia it's called the Spike Bar so that those who want a quick drink and go home without showering and changing and going into the main bar, are able to. With drink driving laws, one drink now supersedes an afternoon or evening's boozing.
Colin,

Also lets you down a quick one or two before you meet the missus in the main bar.
12.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTighthead
So one U-Haul for the Shark's shark, but how many for his ego?

Merry Christmas (or whatever you celebrate), all!
12.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGolden Bell
Slow time of year?
12.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmen Coroner
Colin,

Thanks. Sounds useful.
12.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDD4442
Finally, after 22 comments, Phil explains why the club would not just ask Norman to do a revise. It actually seemed odd to me until Phil provided information and not, as DT said, just "lazy snarkyness."
12.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterClaude
The bar in the locker room is actually old school at its finest. Most of the top clubs in the metropolitan area of NY all have that and many in the south. It's also a slick way of not having to call it a men's grill, which is becoming more and more frowned upon at clubs around the globe....unfortunately.
12.24.2012 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
How do you think Sergio would have reacted to having a controlling father-in-law like Greg? Fireworks at its finest.
12.24.2012 | Unregistered Commenterstick
What's wrong with lazy snark? It's part of the vital infrastructure of the internet. It goes like this, see: The core is made of porn, the mantle is made of lazy snark, and the crust is made of Gangnam-Style videos and the ramblings of dullards.

Let's be happy that we here in Shack-town reside safely in the mantle, where it's always a balmy 1500 degrees. It could be worse. Up top, it's always raining little bits of id in 140 character aliquots.
12.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoger
Roger, to hijack this for a brief moment. The internet is entirely mad of cats. Period. Cats, that's it.
12.24.2012 | Unregistered Commenterthebigdad
According to the (now dead) Senator who was in charge of such matters, the internet is a series of tubes. I guess the tubes are made of cats- I 'll look in to that in the next decade or so, though it does seem logical.

It is reassuring to know that the internet has a mantle. For trophies. Golf trophies.


@stick. Damn good stuff!

+1
12.24.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
The Shark is starting to believe his own press releases.

If he were smart he would know better.
12.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStanley Thompson
The Medalist has officially jumped the shark.
12.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe O
Hasn't the Shark actually jumped the Medalist?
12.25.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPat Burke
A couple interesting quotes from Greg made in 2004:

I was for Casey Martin, big time. The PGA Tour blew it, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer blew it. I thought it was disgraceful. They forgot to ask themselves one question: What if he were my own son?

I can still win a major. I'll try like heck to get to the Masters this year, and if that doesn't work out I'll try to pre-qualify for the U.S. Open, because Shinnecock Hills is my favorite golf course. My best chance will always be at the British Open.
12.25.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF

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