The Shark back in the swing in Mexico
It was the perfect way for a Shark to get back in the “swim”, so to speak.
And Greg Norman, aka The Great White Shark, declared it was business as usual when the former world No.1 returned to something like competitive play – albeit in a pro-am at the OHL Classic at the Mayakoba course he designed in Mexico last week.
Greg Norman (Credit: www.golffile.ie)
The Shark admitted he had not even picked up a club since the alarming accident with a chainsaw in September that resulted in some nerve damage to his left wrist.
But after a “marathon” 18 holes in the pro-am, which took about five and a half hours, Norman reported that he had pulled up OK.
“So long as I don’t have to take a big divot,” he said.
“I’m just going to pick it clean.”
When Norman began his practice routine on the range before the pro-am, it looked like he had never been away.
“[It’s] like riding a bike,” Norman laughed. “That’s the scary part.”
But the old fire was still there and Norman finished off his round with a pitch-in for birdie at the 18th hole for a memorable conclusion to his comeback round.
“It was nice. I knew what the rehab was all about and how to go about it,” he said. “I did everything I was supposed to. It feels fine.”
Amazingly, the two-time British open champion will turn 60 in February, but due to a strict health and fitness regime, he looks 15 years younger.
Now it’s all systems go for Norman to tee it up in his first fair-dinkum round of golf since the injury…The Shark Shootout in Naples Florida where he will play a two-day pro-am before hosting the 54-hole event in the second week of December.