As summer approaches Down Under, Norman is not the focus of the American media, but he is still on his incredible roll, having put together a total of 10 tournament victories for the year, including four on the Australian tour.
PATRICK K. CORBIN
The Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan.
Although he has a $3 million-plus annual income, he still felt it important to complete his education. Like James Worthy before him, Jordan worked hard during the off-seasons and this year was awarded his degree from North Carolina.
Even though he could have received his salary simply by sitting out the remainder of last season following his injury, he challenged management's and doctors' orders not to play and returned to the game, lifting his team into ;he playoffs. He then went on to set a playoff scoring record against the eventual champion Boston Celtics.
His great attitude, ability, personality and desire make Jordan the perfect Sportsman.
Orange Park, Fla.
Michael Jack Schmidt. At the age of 37 and in his 15th season, the Phillies' third baseman Hit together perhaps his finest season (.290 matting average; 37 homers; 119 RBIs) with-out fanfare or controversy. It is obvious that Schmidt knows why he is out there: to play his game with excellence.
DEAN H. DUSINBERRE
Boiling Springs, Pa.
Walter Payton is arguably the most compete football player ever to play the game. One of modern sports' few true class acts deserves the award.
After I read Jaime Diaz's wonderful report on the comeback of Joe Montana (A Little Miracle By The Bay, Nov. 17), it became clear to me that with such a rare combination of courage, leadership, skill and athletic talent, Montana is worthy of the award.
DENNIS F. MURPHY
Greg LeMond. In 1986 he took on one of the toughest Tours de France in memory and beat a tenacious legend, Bernard Hinault.