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Tuesday
Oct012013

Shark Shrieks About Lost Prez Cup Captaincy, Rolex To Blame?

Even though it was just time for some new blood in Greg Norman parlance, the Great White Shark has opened up about not getting the "real reason" from sparring partner Tim Finchem over being replaced as Presidents Cup Captain. The Shark calls it "extremely disappointing."

Robert Lusetich documents all of the whinging, which includes a conspiratorial angle related to the living icon's watch deal.

Norman, who was sponsored by Rolex, became public enemy No. 1 when he departed for Omega. Not just because he left but because Rolex believes he has used his contacts to usher Omega into golf, a sport that had largely been Rolex domain.

You know, sometimes I just feel so detached from the First World. Go on...

Rolex remains the official timekeeper of the PGA Tour and the Presidents Cup.

Last summer, after Omega replaced Rolex as the official timekeeper of the Ryder Cup at Medinah, Norman was told he wasn’t needed to play in the pro-am for the Senior British Open at Turnberry — where he won one of his two majors, in 1986 — and was asked to leave the room at a Rolex-sponsored press conference.

“Look, I know that Rolex is a corporate partner of the PGA Tour and there’s been some speculation I’ve heard that that was the reason why (he was replaced),” he said.

“If that’s right, then all I can say is that it’s really pathetic.

“The other sad part about it is that nobody has reached out to me or any of my past team and asked us what we thought would be good changes to make, or ideas we might have had about the Presidents Cup.

“We were just completely cut off."

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Reader Comments (14)

I would like to know if there is one person on planet earth who bought a watch because Greg Norman wears it.
10.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterReverse Eagle
business is business, greg. as a captain of industry yourself, you ought to know that.
10.1.2013 | Unregistered Commenterthusgone
He is getting more pathetic every time he speaks. For the love of God, make him stop...
10.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBDF
BDF is spot on!
10.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarl Spachler
We were expecting something different from a man that has a range of motion from Clinton to Evert?
10.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
God forbid they want to change captains from time to time.
10.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJR
The difference between Greg Norman and a skilled politician, executive, PR professional, etc. is this: Even when the politician, executive, or whatever are making statements that are far fetched and/or quite ridiculous in content in some fashion, they are able to do it in a manner that lends some credence to the statement.

Looking at Greg Norman, even if he might have a completely valid point on an issue, whatever he says comes across as total pitiful BS, since he himself - in appearance and delivery - comes across as such a humongous jerk.
10.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlex H.
Greg Norman (unless you are Australian) has become increasingly-irrelevant to international golf...except as a punch-line. I can remember when he was a Titan bestriding the Earth; the yachts, the helicopters, the wine and the real estate. But his collapses and gift for being on the wrong-side of golf history has transformed him into a relict as a past age.

That, and many are uncomfortable with his professional and business connections to Communist China.
the Prez. Cup used to trot out the past captains like Venturi, not sure if they will still do that. not many to parade, Irwin, Arnie (doubtful) but guess we can cross Greg off the list. I thought Price was his best friend.

Will Bush 43 or Clinton show?
10.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMedia driven
And Norman is whom Fox has picked to announce the US Open - good grief!
10.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterToo Bad
Clinton should show, Ohio is critical for Hillary in 2016.
10.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPABoy
Now drive this watch.
10.1.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
He seems genuinely shocked that he wasn't just handed the Presidents Cup Captaincy for life. Does anyone ever ask him any questions in these interviews?
10.2.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCOB
I also think this is a backhanded slam of the great...and extraordinarily likable...Nick Price! I think he's a great captain!
10.2.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLip Out

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