Greg Norman Biography
Norman, labeled the "Great White Shark" during the 1981 Masters Tournament, won 91 professional events in his career, including 20 PGA TOUR titles. Victorious in two majors, he won the British Open Championship in 1986 and 1993, and became the first person in PGA TOUR history to surpass $10 million in career earnings. Norman received the Arnold Palmer Award in 1986, 1990 and 1995 as the PGA TOUR's money leader, and in 1995, after three TOUR wins, he was named PGA TOUR Player of the Year. Norman captained the 2009 and 2011 Presidents Cup International teams and recently ranked No. 2 on Golf World's list of Best Modern Golfers.
Off the course, Norman is an incredibly accomplished businessman, serving as Chairman and CEO of Great White Shark Enterprises, a multinational corporation that comprises several companies and divisions, including Greg Norman Golf Course Design, which has completed over 80 courses around the world and has over 30 additional courses in development. Norman's business portfolio also includes his production company that manages three PGA TOUR events including the Franklin Templeton Shootout, which was founded by Norman in 1989. Norman's passion and knowledge for course design, as well as his experience in event management, add dimensions of understanding for viewers as he joins Joe Buck as FOX Sports' lead golf broadcast team.
In addition to course design and event management, Great White Shark Enterprises includes Greg Norman Estates Wine, Greg Norman Australian Prime, Greg Norman's Australian Grille, Great White Shark Opportunity Fund, Southern Cross Developments, Greg Norman Interactive, Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy, Greg Norman Collection and Greg Norman Eyewear, as well as several other merchandising and licensing ventures. He also maintains business partnerships with several well-known global brands including Dow Chemical, COBRA Golf, OMEGA, Club Car, Sandals Resorts and Pacific Links.
Norman has been involved with the Advisory Council for the Environmental Institute for Golf, which is a collaborative effort between the environmental and golf communities. He also hosts the Franklin Templeton Shootout, which benefits CureSearch for Children's Cancer. In addition, Norman lends his hand to developing future golf talent through the Greg Norman Junior Golf Foundation, which provides professional guidance and instruction to young golfers in Australia, and his advisory role to the China Golf Association in its bid to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio.
A native of Queensland, Australia, Norman spent his childhood surfing and diving off the waters off Queensland's coast. Norman was also an accomplished rugby and Australian Rules Football player before taking up golf at the age of 15. Just two years after taking up golf, Norman was a scratch golfer, and four years later he would win his first professional golf tournament at the West Lakes Classic in Australia.