West Palm Beach, United States: Greg Norman – a two-time winner of the Memorial Tournament – has been selected as the event’s 2017 Honoree.
One of the elite events on the PGA Tour schedule, the Memorial Tournament was founded and is hosted by Jack Nicklaus.
Since the inaugural playing in 1976, a mission of the Memorial Tournament has been to honour and pay tribute to golf history’s great champions, as well as the men and women who have helped shape the game.
Each year the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide acknowledges such an individual by naming an Honoree. The Honoree is selected by the Captains Club – a group of statesmen who act independently of the tournament organisation, but who also advise on player invitations and the conduct of the event.
“There is no question that Greg was not only one of the best players – if not the best – in the world for a lengthy period of time, he was one of golf’s most popular,” Nicklaus said.
“Greg is someone who shared my belief that golf is a global game, and he was among the players who helped popularise it in different international markets – certainly none more important than his home country of Australia. The golf world has also felt Greg’s impact from his involvement in equipment, apparel, course design, and many other areas, to this day.”
Greg Norman Golf Course Design is a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
Past Honorees for the prestigious Memorial Tournament accolade include Seve Ballesteros, Payne Stewart, Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Sam Snead and Byron Nelson. The 2016 Honoree was 25-time PGA Tour winner, two-time Major champion, and NBC golf analyst Johnny Miller.
“I am deeply grateful to Jack and honoured to have been selected by the Captains Club – a group of incredible men and women whom I have the greatest respect for – to receive this tribute. To have my name listed among the all-time greats of the game is a privilege,” said Norman.
“If I can give back to the game that has given so much to me, then that is a legacy that I can be proud of. I have always said that giving back is the way forward and there is no greater feeling than to be recognised for it.”
Norman won 91 tournaments worldwide, including two British Open championships, and claims the distinction of having held the number one position in the World Golf Rankings for 331 weeks.
As one of the most prolific players in the game’s history, the culmination of an astounding career came in 2001 when he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Norman is one of only six multiple winners of the Memorial Tournament, winning in 1990 and 1995.
“I have known Greg since his earliest days playing golf in Australia and then in the US,” Nicklaus added. “We became good friends early on, and I am happy to call Greg a friend decades late. So I am delighted that the Captains Club selected Greg as our 2017 Honoree. He’s well-deserving and I look forward to welcoming Greg back to Muirfield Village Golf Club.”
Norman will be honoured during a special ceremony on Wednesday afternoon of the 2017 Memorial Tournament to be played May 29 through June 4 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, just outside Columbus.