Tiger Woods and Greg Norman at the 1995 Masters. Photo courtesy of the Associated Press.
“PGA Tour 2013: Visionaries presented by Visionworks” is a one hour special that will chronicle the stories of some of the game’s most creative minds who have helped define golf’s modern revolution.
The special will feature Gary Player, Pete Dye, Tiger Woods, and Greg Norman. Here is a look at some of the ways that each of these golfers changed the game of golf.
Gary Player- The Jupiter Island resident was golf’s first global player. Nicknamed the Black Knight the South African born Player collected more than 165 worldwide over his career including nine majors. In addition to his wins on the course, Player also revolutionized fitness travel off the course. The fitness and travel has had a lasting impact on today’s PGA Tour players.
Pete Dye- The Hall of Fame course designer introduced a mixture of art and intrigue into his designs. His visual intimidation combined with a classic style and risk-reward elements have made him one of the most successful designers. In addition to the famed TPC Sawgrass, some of the other courses he has designed over the years include Loblolly in Hobe Sound and Old Marsh in Palm Beach Gardens.
Tiger Woods- The Medalist member is the first billion dollar athlete and his influence is unmatched in any sport. From athleticism to marketing, nutrition, and sheer passion, Woods has single handedly changed the game of golf. Woods is also credited with getting an entire young generation of pro and amateur golfers into the game.
Greg Norman- While Norman spent a then record 331 straight weeks as the number one player in the world during the 1980s, it was his visionary style on and off the course that truly left a lasting mark. “The Shark” is the Jupiter Island resident’s brand and it was one of the first and most successful golf brands. Norman has parlayed the “Shark” name into a multi-faceted, multi-million dollar business.
In addition to those four, the special will also feature former PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Bemna who helped turn the Tour into what it is today and CBS Sports executive producer Frank Chirkinian who helped bring the modern game to the television masses.
“PGA Tour 2013: Visionaries presented by Visionworks” will air on Sunday, June 30 at 2pm and will precede the coverage of the final round of the AT&T National.