PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico Greg Norman had a pair of double bogeys as part of a 9-over 79 in the second round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic on Friday, making it highly likely the course's designer won't survive the cut.
Playing a morning round in stiff wind, the Shark didn't have a birdie and had to scramble to save some pars like on the fourth hole, where his tee shot landed on wood chips. His recovery skills failed him after that as he went bogey, bogey, double bogey, par, bogey the rest of the front nine. After a bogey and another double bogey on the back nine, he closed with a pair of pars under the watch of his fiance, former tennis star Chris Evert.
"It was a tough day to play if you don't play under these conditions on a regular basis," Norman said. "If your swing is a little bit out, you're going to pay the price. I never got into the synch or rhythm of it until the end of it. My putting was still very poor to average, so I paid the price."
Norman was 4 under and tied for fifth during his opening round, then a choppy finish left him at an even-par 70. He went into the second round tied for 40th, but walked off the El Camaleon course already near the bottom of the field.
The only other notable result early Friday was John Daly shooting 73, dropping him to 1 over for the tournament.
Norman hasn't made the cut on the PGA Tour since the 2005 British Open, but this was only his fourth event since then. His last time out was just a few weeks ago at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, which he only entered because his oldest son wanted to play with him.
Knowing he was likely done here didn't faze Norman. He smiled as he packed his things to leave and pretended not to notice as Evert loudly whispered to reporters: "He's sick as a dog, but won't admit it." Norman had said earlier in the week that he was fighting a head cold.
Another obstacle was the seventh hole, a 116-yard, par-3 that goes right at the blue-green rippling waves of the Caribbean Sea. A poor tee shot, short chip and three putts gave him a double bogey Friday; trouble in the sand led to a double bogey Thursday.
"That seventh hole four over par doesn't make you feel real good," Norman said. "So I must've designed a pretty good hole."
Alas, the stats don't bear it out. When his second round ended, it ranked as the fifth-easiest hole; only one other player had double bogeyed it.
Norman said he's not planning to compete again any time soon. As for making an annual appearance in this stop the PGA Tour's only visit south of the border he said it's possible. He missed last year's inaugural event because of health reasons.
"I have to come here anyway for a dinner on Tuesday, so, why not?" he said. "We'll see what happens next year."