Shaun Norris loved playing with Tiger Woods again

TULSA, Oklahoma — Shaun Norris is playing in his eighth career major tournament this week at the PGA in Southern Hills. The 40-year-old South African native had made just two cuts at majors prior to this week, both at the British Open.

Saturday’s third round was the second time Norris was paired with Tiger Woods in a Major, the first being the third round of the 2018 British Open in Carnoustie. And Norris appreciated it — especially having his younger brother, Kyle, to caddy for him.

“My brother was excited because he’s always wanted to experience that,” said Norris, who shot a 74 and is 7 over par on Saturday, 16 shots behind leader Mito Pereira. “When I first played with Tiger, he didn’t take me as a caddie.”

Norris’ younger brother wasn’t the only person to embrace the Tiger experience.

Shaun Norris shakes hands with Tiger Woods after completing their third round at the PGA Championship.
Shaun Norris shakes hands with Tiger Woods after completing their third round at the PGA Championship.
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“Having played in two majors with him in my life I couldn’t be happier and more satisfied,” Norris said of pairing with Woods, who retired from the PGA Championship after his 79 in the third round. “This is a guy I’ve always looked up to. He was an idol. So it was a great pleasure for me to actually experience that.”

Norris said he was prepared for the crowd and atmosphere surrounding Woods during a round after playing with him in 2018.

“I’ve been fortunate to have played with Tiger before, so it was a lot easier to deal with this time,” he said. “I need to see all the crowds again and stuff like that. But it is not easy. There are so many people out there. It’s such a pleasure to actually be able to go through this and experience this type of lap.”

Norris said he has no problem sleeping on Friday night, unlike before the last time he played with Woods.

“I had trouble sleeping that night,” he admitted. “I definitely learned a lot that day, damn a lot. I learned a hell of a lot from him to put into my own game and I think I’ve grown a lot since then too.

“Just how to approach golf courses and how to treat yourself and know that you don’t have to be perfect.

“I mean, at the end of the day you write a score. It doesn’t matter how. But if you can get a good score, it shows you’ve been grinding and pushing your way into the competition.”

Webb Simpson, who cut the number, posted the round of the day as he blasted a 5-under 65 to finish 1-under for the week.

Simpson called it “probably the best two or three laps I’ve ever had in a Major, considering the conditions.”

“Today was a mental and physical test because we’ve got fog all day, the face gets a little wet, it’s blowing sideways,” said Simpson. “We went from 92 degrees to what we had today [in the 50s], so the ball goes much shorter. There’s a lot of adjustments on the fly and I don’t usually like to play when it’s colder, so today I surprised myself a bit.”

Australia’s Lucas Herbert criticized the PGA’s unusually expensive beer prices when asked what he plans to do after completing his third round.

“Try to get as much rest as possible, try to store as much energy as possible,” he said. “Stay away from those beers tonight. If they’re $18, I don’t think I’m getting close to them anyway.” Shaun Norris loved playing with Tiger Woods again


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