Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Norman driven mad

Two-time Open winner Greg Norman blamed his driving for missing a great opportunity to replicate the heroics he produced a year ago at Royal Birkdale.

The 54-year-old Australian shot a seven-over 77 — improved by birdies at the 17th and 18th.

Twelve months ago he shot an opening 70 in Southport; eventually finishing tied for third.

With fellow veterans Tom Watson, Mark Calcavecchia and Mark O'Meara all doing well in the first round of the 138th Open Championship at Turnberry Norman knows he should have done better.

“The conditions were perfect, the easiest I have seen them, but the pin positions were really tough to get at,” said Norman, who won the first Open on the Ailsa course in 1986.

“For me to drive the ball the way I did today was probably the worst of my career and if you don't get on the fairway you are going to struggle.”