Why Is Greg Norman Called the Shark?

Published 08/16/2022, 3:00 PM EDT

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Greg Norman has been the face of LIV Golf. The newly founded Tour is already giving a tough time to the PGA Tour, under the control and management of Norman. But long before the lucrative series, the Australian golfer earned the respect and admiration of everyone with his prosperous golf resume. Today we look at why and how did Greg Norman get the nickname of Shark in the world of golf.

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Though most new fans of the sport consider Norman a vigilante for his involvement in LIV Golf, the 67-year-old had his fair share in contributing to the sport. Thanks to his successful career, Greg Norman helped in promoting the sport in the Oceanic region.

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Norman has 2 Majors to his name, both being the Open Championships. Despite being close to winning several other Majors, the Aussie just fell short. However, his most notable achievement was being at the top of the World Golf rankings for a consecutive 381 weeks. Even after so many years, most avid golf fans recognize Norman as ‘Shark.’ But why is he known as the shark?

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Being born in Queensland, Norman must be quite familiar with the sea. The state is famous for its beaches and hosts thousands of marine species.

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At the young age of 26, Norman was making his Masters debut. Despite playing for the first time at the Augusta National, the Australian quickly caught everyone’s attention with his top-notch game.

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Norman was leading after the second day and mentioned in an interview: “I grew up in Queensland, Australia. I grew up on the Great Barrier Reef. I’ve dived with sharks. And that was what I just did as a kid.” The next day the newspaper “Atlanta Journal-Constitution” published ‘The Great White Shark’ in one of their headlines.

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Apart from the headlines, one may find a lot of similarities between a shark and Norman. The aggressive golf style, the swagger, stone heart, and more importantly the blonde hair. The CEO of LIV Golf has earned his nickname rightfully and remained true to the name to this date.

After his successful golf career, Norman is considered to be one of the most successful business tycoons in the sport, with his most recent and notable endeavor being LIV Golf. With the lucrative Tour still in its initial stages, only time will tell how prosperous the Tour will eventually be.

Do you still admire Greg Norman after his connection with the Saudi-backed Golf Tour? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Abdul Bari Khan

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Abdul Bari is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Abdul is currently pursuing his Master’s in the same. With great affection for the world of sports, this avid golf lover turned to the course at a young age.
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Manaal Siddiqui

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