Saturday, January 05, 2008

Greg Norman is the man

I think it's safe to say most people's (including me) biggest joy in life is coming home on Friday's after a hard week at work, going straight to the night stand, and turning the alarm feature to the 'off' position.

For Greg Norman, his joy is touching things and turning them to gold (excuse me while I bow from the waist and say "I'm not worthy...Aussie...Aussie...Aussie").

I'm talking about the man that Tiger will some day be...but is not yet. I'm talking about the man...the brand, that is Greg Norman.

He is conquering golf courses with a shovel now, instead of a 3-iron.
He's principal of Greg Norman Interactive. Geeks even think he's golden.
He owns vineyards, and has his name branded on steaks in Australia... "May I pair a prime cut Greg Norman with a Pinot Greg Norman?"

But recently I read in Portfolio Magazine Norman has hit the goldmine with global positioning technology.
As principal investor in G.P.S. Industries, his companies product GolfLogix is a cellphone-sized piece of hardware that can download up to 10 course maps from thousands of golf courses worldwide, measuring front, center, and back of the greens.

Greg Norman has conquered the business world. His ever-expanding presence in this world solidifies him as setting the threshold for future golf mogul-wannabees to reach.

As for his personal life?

My childhood walls were taped with pictures of Chrissy Evert. Norman added her to his trophy case last month...rumors have it that the exes settlement is north of $300 million...
...but hey...it's Crissy!
The main difference in Greg Norman and everybody else is that while we can't wait to turn the alarm feature to 'off'...Greg can't wait to hear it.
Thanks for reading. Keep it in the short-grass,
JFB

2 comments:

John said...

You are right on about Greg Norman and his business instincts. I agree with you that Tiger will head down this road someday...the real question is, when? And will he become distracted from golf before he is truly unable to compete? Only time will tell.

Nice blog, I am adding it to my golf links page. Keep up the good work!

-John from Golf Swing Dynamics

Saturday Golfer said...

I wasn't aware of Norman's involvement with GPS, this is definitely a hot ticket right now.

I also agree with your take on Tiger and Norman. While Tiger does make over $100 million/yr in endorsement and golf winnings he is not quite yet the Business tycoon that Norman is. He can get there, I don't doubt anything when it comes to Tiger.