Shark: The Biography of Greg Norman

Shark: The Biography of Greg Norman

by Lauren St John, Ian Esmo
     
 

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In this biography, journalist Lauren St John examines Norman's conquests as well as his failures and his relationships with his father, his agents, fellow golfers, and caddies. Using her unparalleled access to dozens of people who know Norman best, including the Shark himself, St John explains how Norman's fear of bankruptcy drove him to win the 1986 British Open;…  See more details below

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In this biography, journalist Lauren St John examines Norman's conquests as well as his failures and his relationships with his father, his agents, fellow golfers, and caddies. Using her unparalleled access to dozens of people who know Norman best, including the Shark himself, St John explains how Norman's fear of bankruptcy drove him to win the 1986 British Open; exclusively reveals the background of the break-up with his first manager and his subsequent split with IMG; tells why golf's greatest natural talent has so often snatched defeat from the jaws of victory; explains his tempestuous relationships with Jack Nicklaus and other top players; and reveals the inside stories of President Clinton's 1997 visit to the Norman home, Norman's involvement in the Cobra deal, and the World Tour and President's Cup controversies. The result is a comprehensive and dramatic portrait of one of golf's most electrifying performers.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Australian golfer Norman is considered one of the most gifted individuals to play his sport, even though in 22 years as a pro he has won only two major tournaments and had 52 second-place finishes, many of them in major events and many by a single stroke. While sports reporters have often described him as someone who "chokes" in a crisis, St. John, a golf writer for the Sunday Times of London, argues that his aggressive style of play does not let him rest content with a safe par when a flamboyant birdie is more appealing. This seems an outgrowth of Norman's childhood; he grew up as an indifferent student but a dedicated athlete, particularly devoted to surfing. But if his personal quirks have handicapped him on the links, they have proved valuable financially; one business deal netted him more than $40 million, and he has often earned $10 million a year in endorsements. His people skills have been far less successful, for he has fired two managers and virtually every caddie who worked with him. St. John gives readers an even-handed portrait. Photos. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786116416
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
6.72(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.24(d)

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