Saturday, July 19, 2008

It's Shark Week at The Open

The annual fin fest known as Shark Week begins in a week or so on the Discovery Channel, but thanks to Greg Norman, The Open is enjoying a Shark Week of its own.

You can't even say that this is the most unlikely of all the possible storylines of the week, because it isn't a possible storyline. It simply is not possible for Greg Norman, at age 53, years removed from the kind of competitive golf for which he became famous, to be leading after the third round by two strokes.

What is most amazing about all of this is that a Norman victory could very well render Tiger Woods' heroic stand at Torrey Pines as the second best golf story of the year. It would be "Tin Cup" times "Rocky," squared. In the year of Tiger at Torrey and the New York Giants, it could become the sports story of the year. It would be one of the greatest stories in the history of golf.

OK, have I run that into the ground enough? Can you tell I'm a bit excited? There are few things I'd like to see more than for Norman to erase the demons of Augusta 1996. Best of luck to him.

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