Norman making rare start at Constellation SR. PLAYERSGreg Norman played in this year's Mayakoba Golf Classic on the PGA TOUR, missing the cut.June 20, 2012
John Schwarb, PGATOUR.COM
Greg Norman isn't harboring any hopes of grandeur for next week's Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship at Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh.
The way he sees it, he's coming back to town to enjoy some of his "investments."MORE
"I've left a few dollars at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center," Norman said Wednesday via telephone. "I've had a few surgeries there."
His back, shoulder and knee have been worked on by UPMC doctors, and with a nod toward some of those doctors and tournament sponsor Constellation Energy, he's making his first Champions Tour start in three years.
He's not starting a new trend, however. "The Shark" won't be adding more Champions events to his busy schedule.
"I've performed fairly well on the golf course all around the world and I enjoy playing in front of people," Norman said. "Will it prompt me to play more? Not really. I'm very happy and content where I am in life right now, I don't play a lot of golf because I enjoy doing other things in the world of business."
Norman's business empire includes golf course design, real estate, wine and clothing, and he has more ventures in the works.
Not only does that take more time than golf, but the 57-year-old Norman said his business work is more of an identity than what he did on the course, which included 20 PGA TOUR wins and two British Opens.
"When I walk around the streets or do an interview, 90 percent of the questions are about business and life, 10 percent are about golf," Norman said. "I like that, to tell you the truth."
He told reporters that he has no high expectations for his performance at Fox Chapel, but did sound piqued at the thought of returning to the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. The winner of the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS gets a spot in THE PLAYERS Championship, which Norman won in 1994 by four shots at a record 24 under.
"I wouldn't mind getting back to that golf course," Norman said. "It's got a sweet spot in my heart."