Q. What brings you back to this tournament so many years? What do you like about this tournament and what do you like about your victory?
GREG NORMAN: I come back here for Jack Vickers, Jimmy Vickers, Tommy Vickers. They have been tremendous supporters of the game of golf, to come up with this concept, to back this tournament at times when people are saying it's a bit of a hicky-type tournament. They have done a tremendous job in supporting the game of golf.
They are just lovable guys, too. I think when you have the opportunity to come here supporting people like that, no problem, whether you like the golf course, whether you like the golf course out here or the setting or the ambiance -- that all is great, too, but I do it for more the Vickers than anything else. They deserve it. They deserve all of the success they get, and what they have put into this community here is tremendous.
They went through a lot of rocky roads getting this development off the ground, too, early on. So you respect that. They hung in there and they supported this tournament, whether it is out of their own pocket, but they supported the tournament with their own time and effort. So tremendous, tremendous guys.
GREG NORMAN: I don't have much, actually. I remember wearing a shitty-colored shirt. I remember that much. (Laughter.) A branding issue -- things are different nowadays. (Laughter.) It won't be that loud, I can tell you that. '89, what is that, 12 or 13 years old? I won't come out with a Hawaiian shirt, that's for sure.
Q. Can you talk anything about the course layout for Red Sky?
GREG NORMAN: Red Sky is coming along beautifully well. We should open it by summer of next year. Hopefully around the first of June, middle of June it should be ready. I think we have ten holes and we've sodded most of them. Tremendous project. Great setting because it is up there, panoramic views from basically 360 degrees and been extremely successful. I think there are 238 or 240 members at 175.
JOAN vT ALEXANDER: Can you takes us through your round, please?
GREG NORMAN: 1, driver, 5-wood on the front edge of the green and 2-putted.
3, I hit driver, 9-iron to about 12 feet.
4, left bunker, 7-iron. Left it short in the fringe and chipped it on and made it from about two feet for 4.
7, 8-iron to about 25 feet and 3-putted.
8, driver, 5-wood to about 15 feet, 2-putted.
10, driver, 9-iron to about five feet.
13, I hit driver, sand wedge to about 15 feet.
14, driver in the right rough, right trees chipped it out, pitching wedge to about two feet.
Next hole is 3-wood, sand wedge to about six feet.
Next hole, 5-iron to about 30 feet and 3-putted.
17, I hit a driver, 5-iron to about 18 feet, 1-putted.
So Andrew, I only had two 3-putts.
Q. You played with Sergio at Muirfield the first two days. What did you see? Did he impress you? Did he look like he had the characteristics of a kid that could really blossom over the next 10, 15 years?
GREG NORMAN: Oh, I think he's right on the cusp of blossoming right now. What I liked about Sergio is his attitude, his demeanor or on the golf course. He gets just mad enough to be good. I don't like seeing a guy get really mad to be mad, just to be angry. Sergio gets mad just because he knows how good a player he is and I think that's great. It's a sign that you know you're good, and he's got enough ego and enough confidence about himself to not be too far out there, but just enough to know.
There's a lot of time for him. He's great for the game and he will continue to be great for the game. You know, as far as he hits and as straight as he hits it and as great as he putts, he's got a huge, huge future. As long as he keeps his head level and not get too far ahead of himself, he'll be fine.
I hate to see where everybody tells him he can't be Tiger, he can't be Tiger, and comparing him with Tiger all the time. You've got one golfer over here and you have another golfer over here, just let the guy go and he'll do what he needs to do. He's got the capabilities to do whatever he wants to do. He'll win his major championships because he's that good.
Q. Do you carry different clubs here for certain shots?
GREG NORMAN: Yeah, I take my 2-iron out and I put a 5-wood in, basically for holes like 1,8 and 14, if you get it on the fairway, then you can hit that in there. The greens are soft enough to be able to do that. If the greens were firmer, then I would probably put the 2-iron back in the bag and you'd be chasing them up to the front edge because you could not fly them on the greens anyway.
Q. Are you happy with the Shark Shootout at Tiburon?
GREG NORMAN: It was a very successful event. I think out of the ten years or 11 years we've been having it, it was the most successful event. I think Naples was crying out for a tournament of something like that, at that time of year. It was supported tremendously well by the spectators and the sponsors, and I see nothing but really blue sky for the tournament in that area.
I think the PGA TOUR recognizes that, too, because I don't think any regular tour events are have been held in Naples, ever. So, I think it's been tremendous. And now we are getting a lot of interest from a lot of other higher-ranked and better players who want to play because the Ritz Carlton is right there, we've got a great golf course. And it's in Florida, it's not on the West Coast where we have cold weather early in the mornings and we don't have to tee off the 6:15 and stuff like that. So I think the guys are starting to like it much better over there in Naples.
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