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Why Greg Norman is returning to the Masters for the first time in a dozen years

March 10, 2021
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DON EMMERT

Greg Norman during a practice round at the 2009 Masters, his last trip to Augusta National.

There are so many things that could have gone differently that would have resulted in Greg Norman slipping on a green jacket. Jack Nicklaus not producing the most magical back-nine rally ever. Larry Mize not producing the most magical shot of his life at just the right moment. And yes, Norman himself not suffering an all-time Sunday meltdown.

But all those things did happen, keeping Norman from ever winning the Masters—and preventing him from being able to return every year as a past champ. After a dozen years being away, however, the two-time (other) major champ will be returning to Augusta National next month. Just in a much different capacity.

Norman will be on hand as lead analyst for SiriusXM's Masters coverage during the week. It's the first time the radio network will be doing a live broadcast of the year's first men's major championship.

"Augusta is one of the most special places on earth, and so much of my life and career has been dominated by memories playing at the Masters," the World Golf Hall-of-Famer said in a statement. "I am so humbled and honored to be returning to the Tournament, but this time in the capacity as lead analyst for SiriusXM's first Masters broadcast," said Norman. "I hope my experience with the course and playing in the Tournament 23 times will lend a unique voice and perspective to the listeners, so that they can feel and live every moment as if they were there."

Norman also tweeted this on Tuesday:

The Shark, who has done a monthy show on SiriusXM called "Attack Life Radio" since 2018, will be in the booth alongside play-by-play man Brian Katrek for all four days of the tournament (April 8-11). Norman previously was an analyst for the first year of Fox's coverage of the U.S. Open in 2015 at Chambers Bay.

Norman competed in the Masters 23 times from 1983 to 2009. The former World No. 1 had three runner-ups (1986, 1987 and 1996), as well as three third-place finishes.