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About Moe Norman

Moe Norman was a Canadian legend and a man revered by golf professionals all over the world as one of the greatest ball-strikers in the history of golf, and certainly one of the most eccentrMoe Norman with Tournament Trophy - Golfic and colorful characters in the annals of sport.

Moe Norman’s self-taught single plane golf swing was called weird, unorthodox, different, but it was highly efficient, amazingly exact and freakishly accurate.

The numbers tell the tale: With 17 holes in one, three scores of 59, four scores of 61, and more than 30 course records during his career, Moe Norman dominated Canadian golf through the mid 20th century.

Among his many victories are two Canadian Amateurs, two CPGA Championships and five CPGA Senior Championships along with multiple victories in the Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan Opens.

Only two players have ever truly owned their swings – Moe Norman and Ben Hogan.I want to own mine.”

– Tiger Woods


Moe Norman’s Record

International:

  • 1954 America’s Cup Canadian Team Member

National:

  • 1955 Canadian Amateur Champion
  • 1956 Canadian Amateur Champion
  • 1957 Runner-Up Low Canadian in the Canadian Open

Professional:

  • 1964 CPGA Millar Trophy Champion
  • 1965 Runner-Up Canadian Professional Golfers Championship
  • 1966 Canadian Professional Golfers Champion
  • 1974 Professional Golfers Champion
  • 1980 – 1985 & 1987 Canadian Professional Golfers Association Seniors Championship

Provincial:

  • 1958 Ontario Open Champion
  • 1963 Saskatchewan Open Champion
  • 1963 Ontario Open Champion
  • 1965 Manitoba Open Champion
  • 1966 Alberta Open Champion
  • 1966 Manitoba Open Champion
  • 1967 Manitoba Open Champion
  • 1968 Saskatchewan Open Champion
  • 1971 Alberta Open Champion

Moe Norman Archive Picture - GolfAn unnaturally shy man, Moe Norman shunned public appearances and speaking. His shyness only disappeared while he held a golf club in his hands.

During tournaments, Moe would hit drivers off of 6” tees, soda bottles, and play par 4 holes ‘backward’, hitting a wedge off the tee and a driver onto the green and still make par or better. After a brief stint on the U.S. PGA Tour, these antics earned Moe Norman a ‘dressing down’ by some members of the tour, and he left to never play in the U.S. competitively again.

Moe Norman’s accuracy with a golf ball earned him a meager living until 1995. During one of his clinics, Moe hit over 1,500 drivers in a little over seven hours, all of which where within 15 yards of one another.

It was this accuracy that eventually earned Moe Norman the respect and notoriety that true genius deserves.

In January 1995, Titleist CEO Wally Uilhein decided to pay Moe $5,000 per month, what they called a reverse scholarship” for nothing more than his unique contribution to the game of golf. Presented with the money Moe asked “What do I have to do for it?” Mr. Uihlein replied “You have already done it Moe”.

Moe Norman’s genius with a golf club was seen by thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, throughout his lifetime. He often hit balls at the Canadian Open for the touring professionals when the tournament was in town.

Moe Norman passed away September 4, 2004 at the age of 74, with hundreds coming to Kitchener, Ontario, Canada to pay their respects to the legend.

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