Norman Grabs 2-Stroke Lead

53-year-old shoots 2-over 72 on windswept day
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 19, 2008 3:59 PM CDT
Greg Norman of Australia plays to the 18th green during the third round of the British Open Golf championship, at the Royal Birkdale golf course, Southport, England, Saturday, July 19, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Greg Norman survived another battering from windswept Royal Birkdale to take a two-stroke lead at the British Open with defending champion Padraig Harrington chasing hard. The 53-year-old, part-time golfer, celebrated the 3-week anniversary of his marriage to Chris Evert by shooting a 2-over 72 on Saturday, the AP reports.

It was a brilliant round considering the fearsome, howling gusts that blew away a number of potential challengers and left everyone else hanging on for dear life at Royal Birkdale. Norman reclaimed a spot he used to know all too well in his prime, putting the Shark one more solid round away from becoming golf's oldest major champion in its oldest of major championships.