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GREG NORMAN NEWS
Normans Win ADT Skills Challenge
AVENTURA, Fla. -- Greg Norman teamed with his 23-year-old son to win the ADT Skills Challenge on Monday, a victory sealed by a clutch short- iron shot from the younger Norman.
Gregory Norman Jr. knocked the decisive shot to within an inch of the hole to claim the final skill -- worth $250,000 -- for himself and his Hall of Fame father, giving them $290,000 for first place.
|"That's what teamwork is all about," the elder Norman said.|
"I had no idea it was going to be that close," said Norman Jr., who returns to classes at the University of Miami on Wednesday $145,000 richer for his share of the top prize. "I got lucky."
Greg Sr. seemed delighted about the shot by his 23-year-old son, a professional kiteboarder by trade.
"That's what teamwork is all about," the elder Norman said.
Rocco Mediate and caddie Matt Achatz won four of the eight skills competitions for $230,000 but were surpassed by the Normans in the final challenge. Mediate came close to holing his short-iron shot -- an outcome that would have given his team a landslide win -- but the ball lipped out, giving the Normans the win.
"There's always pride at stake," said the younger Norman, who has caddied for his father on numerous occasions, including this year's surprise run at the British Open. "It was exciting, fun. Great to play with the other caddies."
Sponsored by ADT, the event at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort and Club featured four pairings of pros and their caddies -- the Normans, U.S. Open runner-up Rocco Mediate and Matthew Achatz, Fred Couples and Joe LaCava, and Peter Jacobsen and Mike Cowan.
The teams competed in eight skills -- long drive, mid iron, greenside bunker, pitch over hazard, trouble shot, chip shot, putting and short iron.It was the first time in this event's 17 years that caddies were asked to participate.
Fred Couples and his longtime caddie, Joe LaCava, took third place with $155,000 in prize money that included $20,000 earned by Couples' 311-yard shot in the long drive competition.
Peter Jacobsen and Mike "Fluff" Cowan -- best known as Tiger Woods' first pro caddie and the current bag man for Jim Furyk -- finished fourth with $125,000.
Achatz won the most challenges among all the participants, taking three of the eight competitions. He won the greenside bunker, trouble shot and chip shot challenges.
Achatz won the greenside bunker by holing the chip shot and the trouble shot.
"There was no luck out there, just rusty skills," Achatz said, laughing. "This was a once-in-a-lifetime chance. For me, this is as big as it ever will get. I went from being a restaurant waiter to doing this."
The Normans won two other skills -- the putting and the pitch over hazard. Norman Sr. holed out on both shots.
Couples won the long drive with a 311-yard shot.