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Norman backs Scott for more majors

ESPN staff
April 16, 2013
Greg Norman believes Adam Scott is a better ball-striker than 'anyone else on the planet' © Getty Images

Greg Norman has hailed Adam Scott as one of the greatest players of all time and backed his fellow Australian to win multiple majors following his Masters triumph.

Scott's play-off victory at Augusta National gave Australia its first Masters champion and ended a hoodoo once personified by Norman, who suffered one of the course's most infamous final-round capitulations after leading the year's first major heading into the final round in 1996.

And the former world No. 1 believes Scott, who himself had crumbled while leading the British Open in 2012, will now go on to win multiple majors.

"I think he'll go on to win more Major championships than any other Australian golfer," Norman told The Mirror. "He'll catapult himself now. Adam can go on to win more major championships because of his age and because of his experience and because he's finally got one under his belt.

"Adam is a better driver of the golf ball than I ever was. His ball-striking is probably better than anybody else's on the planet.

There's not a golf course out there he can't play because he is such a great swinger of a golf club. He should always have been one of the greatest players of all time. He will go on to be recognised as that."

After failing to land a Green Jacket after sharing the lead at the final hole in 1986, 1987 and 1989, Norman lost a six-shot final round lead in 1996, finishing 11 shots behind eventual winner Nick Faldo.

But Scott, who admitted crying as a 15-year-old watching Norman's 1996 collapse, turned to the Great White Shark for advice after his own capitulation over the final three holes at Royal Lytham last July.

"What Adam did at the Open last year and the way he handled himself set him up for this," Norman added. "I said to him afterwards, 'You led that tournament for 69 holes - just because you screwed up the last three doesn't mean it is a disaster. Everyone else [thinks so] but it's not.

"He used that energy nine months on to create momentum for himself at the Masters."

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