Grass is always greener, but, for Norman, it's not always better

August 14, 1994|By Don Markus | Don Markus,Sun Staff Writer

TULSA, Okla. -- He is, according to the rankings, the world's best golfer. And Greg Norman is also one of the game's most opinionated players.

Yesterday's topic was the amount of water being put on the sun-baked greens at Southern Hills Country Club for the 76th PGA Championship.

And, just as he does on the tee, Norman let 'er rip.

"I think it's the wrong type of grass and the wrong climate," Norman said after climbing into the hunt with a 3-under-par 67, putting him five shots behind third-round leader Nick Price. "No question about it.

"Members like to see green grass or any bent green, bent type of grass. It gives a lush green look to it. I think in this climate, no question about it, tifdwarf is the best grass to have a putting surface. It doesn't look the best, but it putts the best, and it's the most durable grass in this hot weather."

As they say, the tifdwarf grass always looks better from the other side.

Now that's a switch

Blaine McCallister holds the distinction of being the only switch-hitter on the PGA Tour. Or, at least, the only switch putter.

"People still do a double-take," McCallister said. "They say, 'Did he hit that right and putt left? A lot of people still can't believe I do it."

McCallister, a natural lefty, has been playing golf right-handed since he picked up a club. He started putting left-handed in 1986.

McCallister has won five tournaments and more than $2 million, but hardly anyone has noticed. He said that he and CBS commentator Jim Nantz, a former college teammate at Houston, have a running gag going.

"Jim Nantz said that I've won the Grand Slam of non-televised events," said McCallister, whose only televised victory came at the 1989 Honda Classic.

McCallister likely will not lose that distinction today. After a second-round 64 put him in contention, a 5-over-par 75 yesterday moved him well back in the pack.


Former Woodmont CC pro Bob Boyd, who was the subject of a short feature on the CBS broadcast yesterday, continued playing solidly. A par 70 put him at 3-over 213. . . . Former University of Maryland coach Fred Funk is four more shots back after a 2-over 72.

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