When Greg Norman Talked Trash About Jack Nicklaus and Went On to Regret It

Published 01/12/2022, 4:56 AM EST


Greg Norman is a famous Australian golfer who is presumably one of the best of all time. Greg is a former world number one and held the position for 331 weeks. Apart, from being a golfer he is also an entrepreneur. Moreover, Norman is also a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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Several years ago, Greg Norman once made a bold prediction that he will win more Masters tournaments than the great Jack Nicklaus.

Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 8, 2021 Honorary starter Jack Nicklaus of the U.S. with Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson before the ceremonial start on the first day of play REUTERS/Brian Snyder

When Greg Norman made a bold prediction

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Jack Nicklaus is considered to be one of the best golf players of all time. He is an 18-time major championship winner including six Masters tournament wins. On the other hand, Greg Norman played his first Master’s tournament in the year 1981. On Saturday he played in the last two-some with Jack Nicklaus. Jack put his right hand on his shoulder and said, “I hope you’re as nervous as I am.” And I thought, What class. What a sportsman. He won his first major championship the Open Championship in the same year.

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In 1986 Greg lost the masters to Jack Nicklaus and Nicklaus won by one shot, and the ‘Golden Bear’ went on to claim his sixth green jacket. After losing the tournament Norman made a bold prediction and said, “Jack owns this place basically. But one day I’m going to break his record of six Masters,”. 

 

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1996 Greg leads the masters

Ten years after Norman lost to Jack Nicklaus, Greg was 18 holes away from achieving his dream of winning the Masters Tournament and leading by six strokes over the great Sir Nick Faldo at the 1996 Masters.

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But it wasn’t the case for Greg. He went on to lose the tournament and Faldo won by five strokes. Thus, unable to win the Masters tournament.

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Bazif Qadri

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Bazif Qadri is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing BSC Economics Hons, Bazif is a golf enthusiast. Not only a fan, but he is also an avid golfer himself.

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