Greg Norman is cooking up something big that will change the face of golf.
Rick Young from ScoreGolf.com reported that Greg Norman revealed he is planning something big that will revolutionise golf during a recent chat to the media at the launch of his latest golf course.
Without going into any details, Norman says he will reveal his plan towards the middle of next year and golf’s governing organisations won’t have a choice but to join in.
Norman turned the tables on the media at the launch of his newest design last month – Vidanta Neuvo Vallarta in Mexico and started by asking them a few questions.
Next question to us: “Is golf out of sync because the USGA, PGA Tour, PGA of America, R&A and the other institutions are out of sync? Do you think they have their constituent’s best interests at heart when they do what they do?” the Shark inquired.
More debate, more conversation. None of us was completely sure where this was going. That is until Norman put forward this teaser, and with it, a request to pick up this conversation again in West Palm Beach, Fla., in a few months.
“In the middle second quarter of next year, I’ll invite you guys down to my office,” he said. “We will tell you exactly how we’re going to break this cast iron that’s been wrapped around golf for so long. We’re going to shatter it. The institutions (USGA, R&A, PGA of America, PGA Tour) will eventually buy into it because they will have to buy into it. They won’t have a choice.”
Greg Norman has tried to shake up the golf world before. The Shark’s World Golf Tour idea in the early 1990’s was backed by Rupert Murdoch but was shut down with threats of player suspensions by Tim Finchem after it was clear it would be in direct conflict with the PGA Tour.
Young also mentioned that Norman left reporters with one final remark to leave us all hanging.
“I can tell you this — by the third quarter of next year we’re going to market with a new product. You guys are going to say, ‘Wow, nobody has ever thought about this’.”
No one is quite sure what Norman has in mind this time, but we’d guess it will be some shortened version of the game that appeals to a shorter attention span, TV audience. Perhaps involving both men and women, and maybe even a IPL-style golf league!
In that case we have thought of it before… but let’s wait and see what The Shark is cooking up.