Rumors: Greg Norman taking demands The Medalist Club return his shark
'Tis the season for good will towards men, but according to a report by Tim Rosaforte, an angry Greg Norman is demanding the return of his memorabilia and that his name, along with fellow co-designer Pete Dye's name, be removed from The Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla.
Norman's issue is the club's hiring of former Dye disciple Bobby Weed to do a restoration of the original Norman-Dye design that opened in 1995.
In a letter sent to Medalist President De Mudd following a board meeting in early December, Norman demanded that the club stop using his name and Dye's in reference to the design of the course. Saturday morning he called the club to arrange an evening to pick up his belongings. His name will remain on the locker room wall as winner of both the gross and net divisions of the club's member-guest.
"It's really a slap in the face at the end of the day," Norman said via email. "It's the end of a legacy by the board doing what the board is doing now. It hurts a lot to tell the truth. It's a shame."
According to Rosaforte, Mudd's switch to a dues-only program for pros is a big reason why several high-profile PGA Tour players now regularly practice and play at The Medalist Golf Club, including Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson.
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