Retired professional golfer Greg Norman and his wife, Kiki, have found a buyer for their massive AU$77 million South Florida compound only two weeks after it was listed for sale.
Known as the Great White Shark of professional golf, Norman relisted the Jupiter Island Beach abode after 14 years of reconstruction.
The estate reportedly sold to the family of billionaire Leslie Wexner — the founder and former chief executive of L Brands — according to the Real Deal. But the offer remains contingent.
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The Wexners made the purchase on February 9th, the listing shows.
The Normans put their massive 32,000-square-foot property on sale on January 27th. The Florida estate was first listed back in 2007 for $83.8 million before it was rebuilt.
The properties sit on an 8.31-acre lot and are made up of eight houses in total — the main house, a coach house, a pool house, a tennis house, a boat house, a carriage house and a beach house — plus a 5000-square-foot basement.
“My wife and I feel it is time to move on after 30 years here,” Norman told the Miami Herald.
“COVID-19 and the whole pandemic experience, with social distancing and being isolated from our families — most of whom live overseas — this past year has made us realise how short life truly is and has caused us to re-evaluate how and where we want to spend the rest of our lives.”
The 2001 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee with the highest percentage of votes (80 per cent) of any linkster to date, Norman spent 331 weeks as the world’s No. 1 officially ranked golfer. He has won 89 professional tournaments in total, including 20 PGA Tour tournaments and two majors, the Open Championships in 1986 and 1993.
Norman also made headlines in November when he detailed the severe COVID-19 symptoms that “kicked the c**p” out of him, causing him to return to a hospital after initially thinking he had beat the worst of the disease.
“I am fit and strong and have a high tolerance for pain, but this is like nothing I have ever experienced before,” Norman wrote on Instagram at the time.
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“I thought the decision that the Victorian government made about golf was the most asinine decision,” Greg said. “All they had to do was take a look at what happened in America – they opened up golf courses and golf has thrived over here.”
What the *!(@&^@ is wrong with you Dan Andrews? Greg can see what opening golf courses does for golf, Sam Newman can see what it does for Sam, Donald Trump can play more golf in one term than the previous 20 Presidents combined, but you, Dan Andrews? You probably don’t know one end of a golf club from the other and, soooooo seriously – like it’s a matter of life or death or something – you just keep carrying on about “medical science”, and “infections”, and “avoiding public health catastrophes”!
Anyone would think you are one of the most successful leaders in the world for quickly turning catastrophe into triumph, but Greg was on to you in a heartbeat.
Yes, yes, yes, Premier, you flattened the curve like it was made out of tinsel, but what have you done for GOLF!???
And now, of course we know the cruel upshot. While hosting his own golf tournament in plague-ridden Florida before Christmas, the plague jumped the Shark sending him to hospital, twice, where he remains as I write.
I do hope – all smart-arsery aside – that he quickly recovers. But let the record show if he didn’t actually apologise for his previous remarks and actions, he at least did his bit to bring home the gravity of it, now that he has personally experienced it.
“Please take this very, very serious,” he wrote on his Instagram on Sunday. “… I am fit and strong and have a high tolerance for pain, but this virus kicked the crap out of me like nothing I have ever experienced before. Muscle and joint pain on another level. Headaches that feel like a chisel going through your head, scraping little bits off each time, fever, muscles that just did not want to work like (Saturday) walking my dog, Apollo, my quads and hip flexors just did not want to work due to fatigue. Then my taste failed where beer tastes bad and wine the same. And finally at times struggling with memory of names and things. Then there is irritation. So please take care.”
In sum? This ain’t no disco, this is LA. And in this high-stakes life-and-death crap shoot, the only sane thing to do is keep your head down, your face masked when out and about and never, ever, minimise it to others, implying it is no big deal!
Time for some Test control
Which brings us to here and now, and NSW’s current precarious situation. Say you wanted to put the most number of our fellow citizens at the most risk in the shortest amount of time. How would you do it?
Can I say the obvious? Wouldn’t you get tens of thousands of people from all over the State, and even the nation, in the one place at the one time and, by definition – for the fact they’ve turned up – make sure they are people least concerned about getting COVID.
We know this is the quickest way, because of Europe’s infamous “biological bomb”, the phrase used by a doctor in Bergamo, after a February 19 football match between Atalanta and Spain’s Valencia. It was attended by 40,000 fans from Italy and Spain, there were super-spreaders there, and after they all returned home, the biological bomb blew up, shattering shards of the plague all over both countries.
We know that’s what happened. And the government is so aware of the plague peril we face, they – rightly – limited New Year’s Eve gatherings to just five guests. But despite that, the SCG Test goes ahead, placing the health and wealth of the state, and the nation at risk. We all know that when they were hit, Victoria took one for the team, shutting down for months on end, and getting on top of it.
We in NSW are faced with a hugely troubling outbreak, but can’t even move the Test elsewhere, or make it crowdless, or even make masks mandatory for whoever turns up.
Donald Trump would endorse it as the right move, and on that tragic note, I rest my case – this is MADNESS.
Warnie’s forward defence
Well, I never. When Shane Warne made headlines in March for something he had tweeted about the Prime Minster, I tried to go straight to the source, and look at his Twitter account. Hence my whimsical query at the time: is it wrong to feel a little chuffed on finding out that Shane Warne has blocked me?
What They Said
After Tory firebrand Jacob Rees-Mogg tweeted on Christmas Day, “Today a Saviour has been born to us … he is Christ the Lord” former English rugby hooker Brian Moore tweeted in reply: “If he came again you and your supporters would be denouncing him as a woke, lefty, libtard.” GOLD!
NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro rabbitting on in March. “And I’ll likely cop grief from other codes like soccer and Aussie rules. There will be people asking ‘why aren’t you saying the same for all?’ And I would say the same for all. But rugby league is at the heart of everything we do in NSW … Rugby league should be one of the first industries that should get the go-ahead’.” Rugby league, not as sport, but as holy activity. And in the third month, it is risen.
Famed driver Sir Stirling Moss who died earlier in the year: “There are two things no man will admit he cannot do well: drive and make love.” Insert joke. Unless you just did?
Dave Hughes on the AFL competition being launched despite the plague descending: “Shelve it please AFL. It’s OK to admit you were wrong. It’s a really bad idea on so many levels. All organised sport, at all levels, all around the world, has been cancelled because of health advice but somehow AFL, NRL and A-League are different. Why?”
ARLC chairman Peter V’landys in a press conference as the full import of the coronavirus really started to hit home. “An Australia without rugby league is not Australia! The government has to assist us in this crisis because it is not of our own doing. Rugby League … is people’s escape, it is people’s relaxation. And we have to do everything we can to continue the tradition of rugby league.”
ABC radio during the climax of the Manly-Roosters match, as Daly Cherry-Evans slotted the winning field-goal in front of just about no people: “The crowd is on its foot.”
Excerpt from the letter signed by 11 Wallaby captains, sent to incumbent Chair Paul McLean in April: “In recent times, the Australian game has lost its way. It is a defeat inflicted not by COVID-19, or an on-field foe, but rather by poor administration and leadership over a number of years. We speak as one voice when we say Australian rugby needs new vision, leadership and a plan for the future. That plan must involve, as a priority, urgent steps to create a much-needed, sustainable, commercial rugby business.” Micheal Lynagh withdrew his name the next morning.
Tony Shaw, himself a distinguished Wallaby captain, on the letter signed by his brethren: “I’m gobsmacked. Why put it in the public domain when you have a chairman, who was a captain, just like you, who’s done every job in rugby known to man – from player, captain, coach, administrator and president – and worked his butt off to work through the pandemic fallout in a short time frame?”
Phil Gould on Twitter: “If I remember rightly, in January we were dealing with devastating bushfires & drought. World about to end due to climate change. Don’t hear anyone on climate change now. I certainly didn’t hear anyone banging on about #coronavirus 2 months ago. All experts in hindsight.” Don’t ask me. I have no clue. But it felt like a man saying, “Yeah? Well no-one was talking about New Year’s Eve back in October!”
Cameron Smith saying there were worse things than the competition being shut down: “This thing is bigger than rugby league. I know there are a lot of decisions to be made around our sport from the administration but this affects more than just rugby league and rugby league players.”
Australian National Audit Office Executive Director Brian Boyd, before the Senate subcommittee on the claim by the Prime Minister that all the sports rorts were “eligible”: “So we get to around 43 per cent of those which were awarded funding, by the time the funding agreement was signed, were ineligible.” Game over.
Team of the year
Will Pucovski. It seems very likely that, after a staggered start, the time has come for this cricketing wunderkind.
NSW. Crowned Sheffield Shield champions.
RIP. Sir Stirling Moss. Regarded as the greatest Formula One driver never to win the world championship died aged 90. I gather that, as the saying goes, 98 per cent of his wealth went on wine, women and song, and the rest of it … he wasted.
RIP. Dr John Solomon. 1929-2020. The long-time Sydney University rugby icon and former Wallaby captain passed away in March. He was, most famously, one of the famous 1949 Wallabies that beat the All Blacks on New Zealand soil in successive Tests. Dem was da daze!