Merrill Lynch Shoot-Out 2007
For my generation, I am 42 in 2008, there is something special about watching Greg Norman compete. I have seen him lose more than win, like all players , including the great Tiger Woods. But somehow Greg Norman could lose like no one else. He is the only player to lose in a play-off in all four major championship. Masters - 1987 to Larry Mize, US Open - 1984 to Fuzzy Zoeller, British Open - 1989 to Mark Calcavecchia and PGA Championship - 1986 to Bob Tway. And then, the greatest of his collapses the 1996 Masters Tournament, which I have watched over and over again, hoping that maybe one time my hero would not miss the green on the 10th fueling the amazing come back by Nick Faldo. Greg Norman, like Tiger today, just looked like an incredible athlete, but the loses, unlike Tiger, made him human, I admired him and related to him.
The Merrill Lynch Shoot-Out offers various formats that are entertaining, proving that there is a market for 2 man partner games outside of the Ryder and Presidents Cup's. Hey why not try it mid-season, it certainly would be a break from the continuous string stroke play events. Outside of the major championships there is some room to take a few risks. More Holiday Season golf coming your way next week, Dec 13-16, with the Target World Challenge, also known as Tiger's Tournament . Then we all get a break until January 4-7, when the PGA Tour returns with the Mercedes Benz Championship.