Greg Norman and Chris Evert Seperate Just Days before the Presidents Cup

Michael FitzpatrickFeatured ColumnistOctober 3, 2009

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08:  Chris Evert and her husband Greg Norman of Australia wait on the ninth green during the Par 3 Contest prior to the 2009 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2009 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Just days prior to the start of 2009 US Senior Open, Greg Norman was asked if thought he would have won more tournaments had Chris Evert been in his life 20 years ago.

Norman’s replay?

"Chrissie would have instilled a different thought process and I would have said the answer would probably be 'yes'."

Less than a week after implying that his ex-wife might have actually been the cause of his numerous major championship meltdowns, Norman began the final round of the US Senior Open one stroke behind Fred Funk. 

20 years ago, the smart money would have been on Norman imploding sometime before the turn.

But, this was the new and improved Greg Norman.  After all, this was the Greg Norman of the Gregevert duo.

What happened next was a tale as old as, well, Greg Norman’s career.

Norman carded a 73 and wound up finishing 11 strokes behind Funk.

So much for ‘Chrissie’s’ magical powers of motivation.  

Now, just six days prior to the start of the Presidents Cup, where Norman will captain the international side, he and Chris Evert have announced their separation.

How ironic.

The two were married for only 15 months.

Unfortunately for Greg Norman, no amount of fame or fortune can purchase a visit from Doc Brown and his time travelling Delorean.

What has been said is now a matter of record, and in just a few days, it’s going to come back and bite him like an angry pit bull attacking a warehouse intruder.

Since 1994, the International side has won the Presidents Cup just once.

The US Team is heavily favored to retain the cup next week at Harding Park Golf Course, located just outside of San Francisco.

17-year-old Japanese sensation, Ryo Ishikawa, will be making his President’s Cup debut; former world number three, Adam Scott, will be trying to learn how to roll a little white ball into a hole again, and the rest of the international side will be attempting to communicate with each other through various translators.

As if they needed any more distractions, the international side is about to be bombarded with questions from tabloid-esque reporters wanting to know if they have any information about Greg and Chrissie’s breakup; if they think Norman’s recent breakup will affect his ability to captain the team; was there an intern and blue dress involved in the breakup, etc. etc. etc.  

It’s often difficult to know whether a player has suffered a meltdown in the final round of a major championship, or was just unlucky to have had a bad round at the wrong time.  

If it is indeed a matter of bad timing, Greg Norman has had some horrendous luck; even with his breakups.