Jamie Hutton did not tell Greg Norman what club to use or how he should play any hole on the Harbour Town Golf Links.
The 17-year-old youth who has leukemia was content to clap and smile while following Norman the last two rounds of the Heritage Classic. That was enough for Norman, who took home his first victory on the American tour in two years on Sunday."He's got the inspiration and courage that very, very few individuals in the world would have," Norman said after rallying from four strokes back on the final day to win. "He gave me plenty of pointers in different ways.
"Every time I played today and looked over, he gave me a nice smile," Norman said while the teen-ager sat at his feet in the interview room. "Every time I made a putt, I saw him clapping and very excited. That pumped me up pretty good."
Norman gave the Madison, Wis. native the trophy he received for the victory, saying he wanted him to put it in his hospital room "to remember this day."
"I just want to thank Jamie. He showed me inspiration and courage," said Norman, whose last victory on the American tour was the 1986 Kemper Open. "He told me he wanted me to shoot 64, and I had a 66. I guess that's good enough."
Norman had his admirer worried through most of the final round.
"I almost had heart failure with all those short (par) putts, but he made them," Hutton said after Norman had one-putted for par on the last two holes. "So I'm glad."
"When I was over the putt on the 18th," Norman said, "I said to myself, `This is for Jamie."'
Norman made the putt to put the final touch on a bogey-free, 5-under-par 66 for a 13-under-par 271 total that enabled him to claim a one-stroke victory over Gil Morgan and David Frost.
"Obviously, I'm very excited about winning again," Norman said. "But I think I'm probably more excited for Jamie."
Hutton, who has had Crohn's Disease, a chronic inflammation of the intestinal tract since he was 7, wrote Norman last year before he knew he had leukemia in hopes of getting to meet the Australian and spend the day with him.
Then he went into for a checkup last month and found out he had leukemia. From there, Thursday's Child, a charitable group that grants wishes for sick youngsters, helped get the two together.
They sat on Norman's bag and watched as Frost, the last man on the course and the only one with a chance to catch Norman on the final hole, missed a 20-foot birdie putt that would have forced a playoff.
Third-round leader Fred Couples simply couldn't get anything going in the final round. He had a closing 73 and finished fourth at 274.
At Los Angeles, Nancy Lopez became the fourth woman in LPGA history to win $2 million with a 21/2-foot par putt on the second playoff hole to defeat Marta Figueras-Dotti. The victory was worth $60,000 and put her over the $2 million mark.