The Shark to take on US Open commentary role

Greg Norman has always had his finger on the pulse and his views on the game are keenly sought.

Now The Great White Shark will be passing on those views to the world after it was announced he would be a co-commentator at the 2015 US Open.

Greg Norman Greg Norman (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Norman has agreed to join the commentary team when the US network, Fox TV, takes over coverage of the season’s second major championship – in just over a year’s time.

Norman will join legendary NFL and NBA broadcaster, Joe Buck in co-anchoring the event from behind the 18th green at the host Chambers Bay course in Washington State.

But while Buck has not commentated on golf before, the two-time British Open champion Norman, has had previous short stints in commentary booths around the world and should have no trouble adapting to the role.

Norman follows fellow major champions like Ian Baker-Finch, Wayne Grady, Peter Thomson, Johnnie Miller, Curtis Strange, Andy North, Lanny Wadkins, Tony Jacklin and Nick Faldo into the commentary booth.

And Norman should be no stranger in calling a US Open as he sees it, given he competed in 19 US Opens between 1979 and 2002.

He was runner-up in 1984 when Fuzzy Zoeller famously waved a white towel in mock surrender on the final fairway at Winged Foot during regulation play before savaging the Shark by eight shots in Monday’s 18-hole play-off.

Norman won fans the world over when he repeated Fuzzy’s white towel waving on the final hole of the playoff.

In 1995 at Shinnecock Hills, Corey Pavin came from three shots from behind to edge past Norman, who had been tied for the 54-hole lead.

The USGA, as organisers of the US Open, last year awarded TV rights to Fox as part of a 12-year deal thereby dumping NBC, which had televised the Major since 1995 and will conclude at Pinehurst from June 12-15.