Norman's history at golf's four majors
June 16, 2015
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
- Greg Norman's third and final runner-up at Augusta National came in 1996. (Stephen Munday/Getty Images)
World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman embarks on his new broadcasting career this week as the lead analyst for FOX Sports' telecast of the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.
Norman is no stranger to major championship competition. He played in 91 of golf's crown jewels, winning two Open Championships (1986 and '93), posting three runner-up finishes at the Masters and finishing second at the U.S. Open and PGA Championship two times each.
Norman, who spent 331 weeks as the world No. 1, last played in a major in 2009 when he missed the cut at both the Masters and Open Championship. The previous year, at the age of 53, Norman had tied for third at Royal Birkdale.
Norman's first runner-up finish at a major came at the 1984 U.S. Open at Winged Foot -- a week after the Australian won his first PGA TOUR event. Norman made a 45-footer on the final hole to shoot 69 and force an 18-hole playoff with Fuzzy Zoeller. The tone was set early on Monday as Zoeller drained a 68-footer for birdie on the second hole while Norman made double bogey. Zoeller led by five at the turn and ended up winning with a 67 to Norman's 75.
The Aussie's other second-place finish at the U.S. Open came in 1995 at Shinnecock Hills. Norman held a two-stroke lead at the midway point of the tournament and was tied at the top with Tom Lehman entering the final round. But Corey Pavin closed with a 68 to earn the victory, taking the lead he would not relinquish with a birdie at the 15th hole to beat Norman by two.
Norman at the majors:
Major Starts Wins Runner-ups Top 10s Masters 23 0 3 9 U.S. Open
19 0 2 5 Open Championship 27 2 1 10 PGA Championship 22 0 2 6 Totals 91 2 8 30