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Norman takes strange legacy into Hall today

Ben Hogan pursued perfection. Sam Snead had that sweet swing. Jack Nicklaus set the standard for greatness with his 18 major championships. Arnold Palmer brought golf to the masses.

Tonight, Greg Norman will take his place among the game's best players when he is inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He will fly from the Franklin Templeton Shootout in Naples to attend the ceremony.

Not many can argue his credentials _ 75 wins worldwide and two majors, the only player to win the money title on the PGA and European tour, No. 1 in the world ranking longer than any other.

But Norman's legacy is difficult to define. He turned in one of the greatest closing rounds in a major, 64 at Royal St. George, to win the 1993 British Open. But he also produced a spectacular collapse, a final-round 78 in the 1996 Masters, to squander a six-stroke lead against Nick Faldo. He let 10 majors slip away.

"When I think about what I have taken out of the game and being in the Hall of Fame, it's the support I've had in the public," Norman said. "Through thick and thin, high and low, agony and ecstasy, they've been with me. I'll never forget that."

Norman headlines a class of six being inducted at the World Golf Village that includes Payne Stewart, known for his knickers and three major championships. Stewart was killed in a plane crash two years ago.

The others are Donna Caponi, who won 24 times, including four majors, on the LPGA Tour; the late Karsten Solheim, a pioneer in the equipment industry with his Ping clubs; Allan Robertson, the first known golf professional who specialized in making the featherie ball; and Judy Bell, the first woman to be elected president of the U.S. Golf Association.

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