Norman among 6 inducted to golf Hall

Monday, November 12, 2001

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Greg Norman took his place among golf's greatest players Sunday night, paying tribute to Jack Nicklaus for his example that learning to lose gracefully was as important as winning.

Norman and the late Payne Stewart were among six new members inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame during a 90-minute ceremony at the World Golf Village that showcased style and success by players, administrators and equipment pioneers.

The others were two-time U.S. Women's Open champion Donna Caponi, Ping Golf founder Christen Solheim, former U.S. Golf Association president Judy Bell and Allan Robertson of Scotland, believed to be the first golf professional.

"The game of golf can give you a lot, but the game of golf can take a lot away from you," Norman said. "Being a great loser is probably the hardest thing to do in life. I learned that from Jack Nicklaus. He's also a great winner."

Norman was both.

The man who won the British Open twice as part of his 75 victories around the world is known equally for the losses. Some of them were self-inflicted, like the final-round 78 at the 1996 Masters. Some of them were flukes, such as Larry Mize chipping in from 140 feet at the '87 Masters, and Bob Tway holing a bunker shot at the '86 PGA Championship.

Among those in attendance was Nick Faldo, who overcame the six-stroke deficit at Augusta National to deny Norman the major championship that meant so much to him.

Norman handled the collapse with such dignity that he received an overflow of support, which he has carried with him the rest of his career.

"He was a great champion that day," Norman said. "I inflicted a lot of punishment on myself. The outcrying of public support changed my approach to people in life. I thank him for that."

The Hall of Fame now has 90 members.

Stewart joins legends

The induction came one day after Stewart and his widow, Tracey, would have celebrated their 20th anniversary.

"What excites me the most is that we are here to recognize Payne's achievements as a golfer and his contributions to the game," Mrs. Stewart said, her two children sitting on the front row.

Stewart performed on every continent where golf is played, and his 18 victories around the world included three major championships. The last one was the most memorable, a second U.S. Open with a 15-foot par putt on the 72nd hold. He died four months later.

"Payne always dreamed of having a Hall of Fame career," Mrs. Stewart said. "He would have cherished the honor of being with you here."

Franklin Shootout

NAPLES, Fla. -- Brad Faxon and Scott McCarron became the first team to repeat in the Franklin Templeton Shootout, making a birdie on the last hole Sunday to beat John Daly and Frank Lickliter by two shots at Tiburon Golf Club.

Faxon and McCarron had a 15-under 57 in the scramble format for a 33-under 183 total, one shot short of the tournament record by Fred Couples and Raymond Floyd in 1990. They split $450,000 in the $2 million event.

Faxon and McCarron won in 2000 with a birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff against Scott Hoch and Carlos Franco.

Dunlop Phoenix

MIYAZAKI, Japan -- David Duval lost a six-shot lead over the final six holes before winning the Dunlop Phoenix tournament in a playoff.

Duval made a four-putt double bogey at the 17th hole, before parring the last hole to shoot 2-under-par 69 and tie Taichi Teshima, who shot a 65.

They finished at 15-under 269, five strokes ahead of last year's champion, Shingo Katayama, and Scott Laycock.

Duval, the British Open champion, won the playoff at the first extra hole, the par-5 18th, where he almost holed a bunker shot from 60 feet before tapping in for birdie.

-- From wire reports

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