Greg's gift for Asian Games
GREG Norman marked his eagerly awaited China golfing debut yesterday with a generous gesture to the city of Shanghai, writes Spencer Robinson.
The Australian world number four lived up to his star billing with a powerful display in the Johnnie Walker Skins Games at the Shanghai Country Club.
Lining up against Taiwanese Lu Liang-huan, South Korean Choi Sang-ho and Chinese amateur Zheng Weinjun, Norman won three ''skins'' for a total of US$16,000 from the US$27,000 purse.
To the delight of officials, Norman donated his winnings to the fund for next month's East Asian Games in Shanghai. ''It's given me a great sense of pride and satisfaction to come here to China for the first time to promote and develop golf,'' he said.
In yesterday's game, Choi won two skins for US$6,000, Lu won one worth US$3,000, and Zheng picked up US$2,000 for the Zhongshan Hot Spring Golf Club Development Fund.