Aussie golf legend Greg Norman has spoken publicly about his viral Instagram photo for the first time to reveal he has found the entire saga “hilarious”.
The 65-year-old’s Instagram post of himself walking alongside his dog on Jupiter Island in Florida in November whipped the world into a fit of giggling and blushing — but the man at the centre of the enormous storm has continued keeping his cool.
Norman went radio silent as the world discussed his impressive equipment and has only now revealed how he really feels about the international attention on his caddie.
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In an exclusive interview with The Herald Sun’s Holly Byrnes, Norman laughed off the saga ahead of his return to Aussie TV screens with Channel 7’s Holey Moley.
“I was just out walking my dog and it is what it is,” Norman said.
“I think some of the comments were hilarious, and I don’t normally read the comments, so it was quite a bit of fun.”
The Sunday Telegraph last month revealed Norman found the situation “amusing” after declining interview requests. The report, citing a “close friend” of Norman’s, claimed the golf icon was aware of the interest and found the storm “amusing”.
Norman’s beach walk has earned him more than 10,000 extra Instagram followers.
Having worked tirelessly to keep his body in fierce condition in recent years, few could blame the Aussie icon for sitting back and enjoying the show.
The much-talked-about shot has even made a bigger splash than Norman’s nude magazine shots in 2018.
Norman said after posing naked for ESPN The Magazine’s The Body issue, he is very comfortable with his body.
“I have a full gym at my house. I built it. It’s got a cardio room, a full weight room, free weights, all that stuff,” he said.
“It’s not a big deal to me, right? At the end of the day, I do enjoy keeping fit at my age. I don’t have any ego about me, but I do love having a fit life.”
His physique has caused some headaches for his involvement in Channel 7’s new extreme putt-putt program — but Norman is happy to have a laugh about it.
His slippery back reportedly forced producers to abandon a segment on the show which required contestants to jump on his back in a pool.
“We did some tests and unfortunately my skin is so silky smooth everyone kept slipping off. So we had to go with a fake shark instead. Damn this ageless body,” he said.
“I think what most people don’t realise is I do have a really good sense of humour and I do take the p*** out of a lot of people and I do have a lot of fun with people.”
The Australian won two majors during his stellar golf career, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001. He spent 333 weeks as the world’s No. 1 in the 1980s.