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Greg Norman: I was too stubborn to win more

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11:29 AM ET 08.24 | Though his Hall of Fame career took him to the top of the world ranking and included a pair of major wins, Greg Norman insists that his playing credentials would have been even more impressive if not for his mental approach on the course. "Quite honestly I was probably a little too stubborn," the Aussie explained to "CBS This Morning" in an interview Thursday when asked why he failed to "live up to" his potential during a career that included 20 PGA Tour wins, most notably the 1986 and 1993 British Opens. "I wanted to do things my way ... I was so set in my ways." Known for an aggressive approach inside the ropes, Norman's greatest defeat came at the 1996 Masters, when he squandered a six-shot lead in the final round and finished runner-up to Nick Faldo, who claimed his third green jacket that fateful Sunday. As he reflected, Norman admitted that a somewhat safer strategy may have, at times, paid dividends. "I played fairly aggressive golf. I believed in my ability ... there wasn't a shot I didn't love," he explained. "So I went for it most of the time instead of maybe scaling back a little bit and being a bit conservative."

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August 25, 2013  09:46 AM ET
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Probably more of a combination of Greg being a bit of a choker and there being a lot of golfers better than him.

I'm leaning more towards being a choker

August 25, 2013  09:44 PM ET

He missed the cut with Chris Evert.

August 25, 2013  10:40 PM ET
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I didn't know that a person able to make $99.75 in four weeks on the internet. did you read this site

How did you find time to spam??

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August 26, 2013  10:49 AM ET

I think he's been sampling a little too much product from the vineyard...

August 26, 2013  11:12 AM ET
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I think he's been sampling a little too much product from the vineyard...

"too much" ????? Mother please wash this mans mouth out with soap ;-)

August 26, 2013  11:13 AM ET
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Probably more of a combination of Greg being a bit of a choker and there being a lot of golfers better than him.20 PGA wins including 2 Majors is pretty darn good, but the lasting memory of the Shark will always be the 96 Masters.

That was the first one i ever watched on Telly. Hooked me forever after that crater job.

August 26, 2013  11:44 AM ET

Love the subtitle for Eldrick's pic ------->


Falls to ground after shot due to hotel bed injury...

August 26, 2013  11:46 AM ET
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"too much" ????? Mother please wash this mans mouth out with soap ;-)

Perhaps a little Adam Scott Masters champ envy?

August 26, 2013  12:47 PM ET

96 Masters has to be one of the all time greatest chokes

August 26, 2013  02:37 PM ET
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OWWWWW.. my back!!.. looks to me his legs gave out.. Take it Lindsey was in New York with him.. maybe the 'mattress' is her nick-name

August 26, 2013  03:05 PM ET

"Quite honestly I was probably a little too stupid," the Aussie explained to "CBS This Morning".

Fixed.

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August 26, 2013  03:38 PM ET
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96 Masters has to be one of the all time greatest chokes

But he was already famous not for choking but for being snake bitten long before the 96 Masters. He'd be tied for the lead in a major when another player would hole out a birdie from off the green or a sand shot for a win.

August 26, 2013  04:27 PM ET
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96 Masters has to be one of the all time greatest chokes

I place Van Develde at number 1.

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August 26, 2013  05:27 PM ET
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upto I saw the check saying $74.50, I didnt believe that...my... brothers friend was like realey bringing in money parttime online.. there sisters roommate has been doing this for under 23 months and resantly repayed the mortgage on their place and bourt themselves a BMW.

Give it a rest.. nobody is buying SPAM today

August 26, 2013  08:41 PM ET
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I place Van Develde at number 1.

That was a meltdown of epic proportions. I still cringe thinking about it.

 
August 27, 2013  01:03 PM ET
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96 Masters has to be one of the all time greatest chokes

I agree with this.

I'm not trying to scoreboard everyone here, but I was in the throng of humanity at Augusta and witnessed it first hand. Lest we forget, Faldo played some spectacular golf, too.

Bish, has a point. Van deVelde is French an the French enjoy failure. They fail with elan.

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