Moe Norman, who died in September 2004 at the age of 75, has been called The Mysterious Genius of Golf. He won almost every title in Canada and his name comes up in golf circles around the globe. Tiger Woods said that only Moe and Ben Hogan actually owned their swings, yet Moe failed to make a mark in the wider world of golf. Why, then, did he refer to himself as the happiest guy on two feet? His swing, his mannerisms and his lifestyle were unusual to say the least: Moe played very quickly, never took a practice swing, repeated every phrase he uttered, and lived in motel rooms most of this life. However, golfs ultimate mystery man suffered from crippling insecurity and introversion, which kept him from publicly succeeding at the highest levels of play. He remains one of the most enigmatic and controversial figures of golf today.
Lorne Rubenstein is the golf columnist for the Globe and Mail and his work has been featured in Golf Digest, Golf World, Links, and Travel & Leisure Golf. He is the author of A Disorderly Compendium of Golf, A Season in Dornoch, and This Round's On Me. He was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame for journalism. He lives in Toronto.