Following the recent confirmation that South African Louis Oosthuizen, the reigning British Open Champion, will play in this years OMEGA EUROPEAN MASTERS, the tournament’s organizers have another major reason to celebrate: Greg Norman, the Great White Shark – a figure who dominated international golf for many years – is returning to the Alpine plains of the Swiss Canton of Wallis.
The participation of the 55-year-old Australian among today’s young golfing stars makes this year’s European Masters particularly attractive.
Although Norman’s enormous success as an entrepreneur (including his role as a golf-course designer) allows him to select his tournaments very carefully, he is still in a position to compete aggressively. For example, at the 2008 British Open, he led after the third round before finishing in third place.
In his 34-year professional career, Greg Norman has won 88 tournaments worldwide, although “only” two of these have been Majors – the British Open in 1986 and 1993. He has occasionally missed out on championships in the final holes but his thirty top-ten finishes in the Majors speak for themselves.
Norman participated in the Swiss Open in Crans-Montana, the predecessor to the OMEGA EUROPEAN MASTERS, in the seventies and eighties. He finished in third place in 1980 at the age of 25 and hasn’t played in Crans-Montana since 1995.
Fans of world-class golf will have another compelling reason to follow what promises to be one of the best European Masters tournaments in recent memory.
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