Greg Norman, 67, stuns sports world by announcing he’s coming out of retirement to play the British Open – amid storm of controversy over his ties to rebel $3billion Saudi breakaway comp
- Norman has not played a golfing major in 12 years but plans on coming back
- That includes teeing off in the 150th edition of The British Open
- Norman previously won The Open Championship in 1986 and 1993
- However his motives are cloudy, given his connections to a breakaway league
Australian golfing champion Greg Norman has signalled his intent to make a stunning return to the majors including the 150th edition of the British Open this year.
The Aussie legend revealed his intentions in an exclusive interview with News Corp Australia.
Norman is 67, has not contested a major in 12 years and would be required to qualify for St Andrews unless an exemption is made.
‘I’m filling out the entry form now … I think I can still get in,’ he said.
‘It’s the 150th. I’m a past Open champion. I love St Andrews.
‘If there’s a moment in time that I would consider going back and teeing off one last time. Maybe this is it.’
Norman’s announcement that he intends to play in the British Open aged 67 has stunned the golfing world. He has won the tournament twice before
Happy hunting ground: The Great White Shark picked up the first major of his career when he tasted victory at the British Open in 1986 (pictured)
The announcement comes after Norman’s reputation took a major hit because of his support for a planned $3billion rebel breakaway golf league in Saudi Arabia.
Despite a $4million first prize being on offer in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series, Norman has failed to attract any top talent.
There are eight tournaments planed for the LIV Golf Invitational Series but so far the only players showing interest are journeymen from the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour.
Aussie golfing commentator Luke Elvy said on Twitter that Norman’s latest announcement would ‘get the news cycle pumping’.
‘Most will use it to bag Greg given the LIV Golf venture, but he’s earned his spot in the field having won two Claret Jugs. Who wouldn’t want to play in the 150th Open at the home of golf?’
The $3billion Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series has been condemned by many of golf’s most influential figures and Norman’s reputation has taken a battering after he supported the breakaway competition
It’s not the first time that Norman has railed against the golfing establishment, after pushing for the World Golf Tour in 1993 before it was quashed by the PGA Tour.
Nicknamed the Great White Shark, Norman won his first major title when he triumphed at the Open Championship at St Andrews in 1986, tying the record for the best round at the course with a 63.
Golf legend Tom Watson described the feat as ‘the greatest round ever played in a tournament in which I was a competitor’.
Norman won the Open Championship again in 1993, this time at Royal St George’s, where he shot 64 on his final round to set a record that stood until 2016.