Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/17/12
Even before the 1997 Masters romp that changed only everything in golf, Greg Norman knew his days at the top of the game were drawing to an end. No one needed to tell the Great White Shark that another predator was lurking, that the Tiger era was dawning. "Of course I knew. I remember Tiger was down at the Australian Open (in 1996), and I gave a speech in which I basically handed him the baton, so to speak," Norman says. A decade before, Norman took that same baton from Jack Nicklaus; he remembers exactly when it happened. "I'd won the money titles in Europe and in the US, and I suppose there were people who thought of me as the best player. But, for me, it didn't happen until I beat Jack 1-up at the Match Play (at Wentworth)," he says. "After I beat him, I felt I was the No. 1. It was the jewel in my crown, so to speak." And so it is, Norman feels, that Rory McIlroy is now taking the baton from Woods. McIlroy not only took the PGA by eight shots when Woods faltered on the we...
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