Greg Norman at 60: career in photos

The Great White Shark reaches 60 - a celebration in pictures

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Tue, 10 Feb 2015

The Great White Shark, one of golf's dominant figures in the 1980s and '90s who spent 331 weeks perched atop the official world golf rankings, turns 60 Tuesday

Greg Norman has always adopted the motto "Attack Life" - an attitude that may explain blowing big leads and blowing fields apart. 

"When I look at 60, I feel 45," said the indomitable Aussie, who has reached the milestone of 60.

Norman, one of golf's most dominant figures, spent 331 weeks as world number one, lifted the Claret Jug twice and secured 20 wins on the PGA Tour, 14 on the European Tour and 31 on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

From Open glory to Masters misery, we recall the Great White Shark's career.

Norman turned professional in 1976 and earned his first victory at the West Lakes Classic at The Grange Golf Club in Adelaide.

A year later, he joined the European Tour, winning the money list in 1982. He then jetted off for a career on the PGA Tour in 1983.

At the 1986 Masters, Norman birdied five consecutive holes to share the lead with Jack Nicklaus up the 72nd hole, but pushed his four-iron approach into the spectators and made a bogey to lose by a shot.

Caddie Pete Bender said: "Greg wanted five straight birdies. He wanted to make history. He wasn't going to go for the middle of the 18th green."

Norman held the lead for all four majors through 54 holes in 1986 but could only manage victory at the Open Championship at Turnberry.

He also topped the PGA Tour money list for the first time that year, and his four wins Down Under gave him a fifth Australian Order of Merit.

Norman once again found himself in a tie for the lead on the 72nd hole of the 1987 Masters but was to be outdone when Larry Mize holed a 47-yard chip in the sudden-death play-off.

Norman said: "I didn't believe it was possible to chip in from where he was. I just couldn't believe it."

After a slump in the early 1990s, Norman turned to Butch Harmon for help.

Together, the two rebuilt Norman's game. The new swing brought great results, including a second Open Championship at Royal St George's in 1993.

Arguably the most famous moment of his career was blowing a six-shot lead to Nick Faldo on the final day of the 1996 Masters.

In one of the worst meltdowns in major championship history, Norman ended up losing by five shots after carding a 78 to Faldo's 67.

In 1997, Norman won $1m, the largest winner's cheque of his career, when landing the Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf with a birdie on the final hole to defeat Scott Hoch in the 36-hole final. 

In 2008, at the age of 53 and having not played in a major for three years, Norman finished in a tie for third in the Open at Royal Birkdale after leading by two shots with one round left.



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