Bolton, Mass. – Greg Norman wanted to make a memorable first impression with golf fans at the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Boston at the International on Friday.
It’s safe to say that he did, in a “Top Gun” moment that only Greg Norman is capable of.
Norman, CEO of LIV Golf, parachuted with a member of the Frog-X Navy SEAL team onto the first fairway just before the 1:15 p.m. shotgun start of the LIV Golf Invitational at the International Golf Club.
After a member of the Frog-X Navy Seal team with the American flag and another with a LIV Golf banner parachuted onto the first fairway, Norman and his parachute partner made their grand entrance, sliding along the grass as they landed with music blaring from loudspeakers on the first tee.
“It happened very fast, quite honestly,” he said while wearing a white International golf cap, “but he was letting me control the parachute, do the turns and all that stuff, which is cool.”
Ryan Arsenault, 38, lives in Bolton off Ballville Road, which leads to the club said he and his father, Larry, received free tickets from the local police. He was wowed by Norman’s parachute drop.
“I told my dad, ‘I don’t think the PGA Tour does that,’” Ryan Arsenault said. “Pretty amazing.”
The U.S. Open was held at The Country Club in Brookline in June, but the PGA Tour no longer plays at TPC Boston in Norton. So Norman was happy to return professional golf to the Boston area on Labor Day weekend.
“I just know Boston is a great city,” he said. “I’ve been a huge Boston Celtics fan, I’m a huge Larry Bird fan. I used to fly from Australia for the weekend to watch the Celtics play back in the ’80s. So I have a really good affinity here.”
His daughter and son-in-law both graduated from Boston College.
“So I’ve got a lot of close associations in Boston,” he continued, “and just to bring golf back here was really important to me. Just look at the fans and the support we’ve got out here and it just shows you golf is a force for good and we’re just happy to be here.”
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