CNN’s Talk Asia travels to Southern China and hits the links with Australian golfing legend Greg Norman. The former top ranked golfer talks about the highlights of his extraordinary career and reveals how he transitioned to becoming a successful entrepreneur. Norman shares with CNN’s Anna Coren where he sees the game of golf growing in the coming years. He also gives his outlook for the game in the United States. TALK ASIA also gets rare access and hears from Norman’s wife – retired American tennis player, Chris Evert.
While the 54-year-old still plays professionally, back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, the Aussie retained the world’s number one ranking for a total of 331 weeks: “I love to compete and my passion was to do better than what I did the day before, do better than those shots that I just did previously. I always believe that there wasn’t a shot I couldn’t hit.”
The two-time British Open champion, who earned 70,000 pounds with his 1986 victory, also addresses how money has changed the game: “I think there has been some complacency set forth…You can earn a very very good living in out of a game of golf, maybe 3, 4, 5, 6 million bucks a year, never win a golf tournament. And never even contend to a golf tournament to where you want to contend…”
Norman also shares his thoughts on the World’s current top ranked player. He’s asked if he thinks Tiger Woods is the best of all-time: “If you took every era, you’ve always got that special player every year – era. How you compare each era to the previous era is pretty tough…Tiger Woods is a great player. Is he the greatest player of all time? I’m not gonna answer that question yet but he’s certainly putting his checkmark in the box saying you know, think about me.”
Norman is also joined by his wife – tennis star Chris Evert. Having known each other in the sporting world for more than 30 years, the couple got married last year in the Bahamas: “She brings a lot of peace and calm and happiness around in my life, so it makes it easy for me to go out there and enjoy– enjoy the things I love to do.” When asked if their competitive nature ever clashes, Evert jokingly says: “We always try to be partners if we’re playing board games, let’s put it that way.”