Moe the Tournament Player: From the Ridiculous to the Sublime

The following is an excerpt from the opening to Chapter One of the original 'Feeling of Greatness' published in 1995. I rewrote the beginning of the book for the second edition, which was published by Brown Books in 2017. Much to my regret, I did not find a new place for the story below in the second edition. It’s one of my favourite Moe stories of all time.Moe moved into his rigid stance, legs spread wide and ramrod straight, his arms reaching … [Read more...]

Moe at the Masters—Podcast Episode

Listen to an excerpt from the 'Feeling of Greatness' audiobook about Moe's debut at the Masters in 1956 Associate Producer Tim O'Connor's biography about Moe Norman features a chapter dedicated to Moe's invitation to the 1956 Masters as the first Canadian Amateur champion to receive the honor. Click here to listen … [Read more...]

Moe Norman Trashes Mickey Rooney Performance

Moe vs. Mickey: Associate Producer Tim O'Connor tells the humorous story about a run-in between two icons One of my favorite Moe stories centers around actor Mickey Rooney, who ironically looked a little like Moe in his later years: short, squat and jowly. Ben Kern, a former PGA Tour player, was giving Rooney a lesson at the National Golf Club of Canada in the 1990s while the actor was in the Toronto area doing a dinner theater production. Kern … [Read more...]

How Golf Lifted Up a Down-Hearted Moe Norman

Associate Producer Tim O'Connor recalls how Moe Norman's weakened heart couldn't keep him from the game he loved I met Moe when he was 65. In my time with Moe, I always wondered about his spiritual side, and what his interior life was like. What or whom did he put his faith in, especially during those gloomy days in the past when he felt ignored and disrespected. Moe talked about being the only person who had the feeling of greatness. Did that … [Read more...]

How I met Moe Norman

This blog is from a new newsletter on the making of the upcoming film documentary, The Feeling of Greatness: The Legend of Moe Norman. The documentary team asked for a picture of me and Moe. I regret that I never had one taken. I figure this is the next best thing. If you'd like to receive the newsletter, send an email to tim@oconnorgolf.ca When my book, The Feeling of Greatness: The Moe Norman Story, was first published in 1995, I was … [Read more...]

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