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Golf – 1986 – Kemper Open Sudden Death Playoff Winner Greg Norman – With Pat Summerall

Greg Norman earned more than $1 million five times on the U.S. PGA Tour….which included three Arnold Palmer Awards as the Tour’s leading money winner in 1986, 1990 and 1995…..as he was also the first person in Tour history to surpass $10 million in career earnings. He has 30 top-10 finishes in majors or more than 38% of those he has entered…..and his 20 PGA Tour wins in the 1980’s and 1990’s ranks second behind Tom Watson (21 total) during this span.  He had the lowest total four round score in the history of The Open Championship 267 in 1993….which has since been broken by Henrik Stenson in 2016….and The Players Championship with a 264 total in 1994.  Norman’s dominance over his peers (despite his comparative lack of success in the majors) was probably best expressed in the Official World Golf Rankings….where The Great White Shark finished the year on top of the ranking list on seven occasions in 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996 and 1997….and was second at the end of 1988, 1993 and 1994.  Norman won the PGA Tour of Australia’s Order of Merit six times in 1978, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1986 and 1988….and he won the European Tour’s Order of Merit in 1982….and topped the PGA Tour’s money list in 1986, 1990, and 1995…..plus he won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour three times in 1989, 1990 and 1994….and was inducted into the WorldGolf Hall of Fame in 2001.

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