"Why'd you choke last week? You cost me a lot of money," came the drunken reply. Tony Navarro, Norman's caddie, quickly moved between the two and pushed Yarrington to the ground.
"That's assault and battery. I'm going to sue Greg Norman," shouted Yarrington, who was removed from the property and arrested on disorderly conduct charges.
Eight hours later it was past midnight, and Norman had run out of golf balls. All evening people had been out on the pier, gawking at Aussie Rules, Norman's 87-foot sportfishing boat, which had motored up to Hilton Head to serve as the Shark's headquarters for the week. If he saw children in the crowd, Norman would sign a ball and give it to them. "All of a sudden 45-and 80-year-olds want to be 14 and 13 and six years old," said an amused Norman. "There have been 40 or 50 people standing behind my boat until 12:30 at night. I can't comprehend that myself, but it just goes to show you that the sincerity is there. They were just standing there. It was amazing—12:30 at night, and they'd be standing there."
It's no wonder they stared. Even at rest on his boat, Norman is compelling theater. He is simultaneously the most isolated of superstars and the most nakedly human.
Says Azinger, "There are not many guys who can put themselves in his shoes. There aren't many who fly around the course three times in a helicopter and land on the back of the range. But everyone who's played this game has been humbled and humiliated, and he had an extremely humbling experience. I would have just said congratulations had he won, and probably not much else, but we talked quite a bit. I told him that he showed more dignity in defeat than he ever could have in victory, and he talked about what it was like to feel that way, the kind of stuff that I probably would never have shared with him. It means a lot to him to know that players do care. Even guys who don't really like Greg's personality still feel sorry for him."
They say that no one ever remembers who finished second, but when the runner-up is Norman—as it has been 29 times. nine in the majors—it is the champion who starts blurring around the edges. Faldo remained kind of a forgotten man at Harbour Town, competing largely out of the limelight, interviewed after each round only by a small group of British press. Exhausted, he finished tied for 29th at five under par, one stroke behind Norman, 14 behind winner Loren Roberts, who fired a tournament-record 19-under-par 265 to beat Mark O'Meara by three strokes.
By Friday, Faldo hail decided to withdraw from this week's tournament in Greensboro, N.C. Asked if he had been able to concentrate, Faldo replied, "No, not really. It's tough to give it that little extra you need. The mental pressure of last week was just immense, but given the outcome, I'm glad to be tired."
"Everyone's talking about Greg, but you have to give credit to Nick," says Faldo's Ryder Cup partner, Colin Montgomerie. "No disregard to Phil Mickelson, but if Greg had been playing with Phil, it would have been a different situation. Nick's a very intimidating character on the golf course. I've been intimidated playing with him, never mind playing against him. Because of who he is, the aura that he has, a few people have folded in his presence."
Since winning, Faldo has often spoken about the monumental pressure at Augusta on Sunday. "Yet the word pressure doesn't seem to bother him at all," says Montgomerie. "That's a godsend in our game."
Interestingly, pressure has been virtually absent from Norman's vocabulary. In his public discussions and press conferences at Augusta, Norman used the word just a couple of times, always saying that he had wanted to put pressure on Faldo.