Of his own feelings, Norman says, "I tell you the honest truth, I was not nervous. I didn't have any feeling of self-doubt. I really felt good the whole day."
Norman was consistently upbeat at Hilton Head, regularly hosting convivial get-togethers on his boat. "I don't think there's any act in there at all," says his friend, Nick Price. "He's hurting, but he's keeping that to himself, which is exactly what most of us would do."
And he has learned. "The best thing is that I'm less cynical now, which is going to make my approach to the game much easier as years go by," Norman says. "It's easier to deal with situations when you know that people really care about you; it picks you up when you're feeling down. It's been an amazing few weeks. Missing two cuts, practicing at home, playing great, playing at the Masters, and then coming here. It's been a lifetime of experiences."