Greg Norman says Adam Scott's Masters victory was like his own son winning
Great White Shark helped countryman deal with Open meltdown
Last Updated: 10/04/14 2:39pm
Greg Norman told Sky Sports just how proud he was to see Adam Scott win the Masters in 2013.
Scott pipped Angel Cabrera in a play-off at Augusta last year to win his maiden Major, less than a year after he had bogeyed the final four holes at the Open Championship and been beaten to the Claret Jug by Ernie Els.
Norman has played a pivotal role in Scott’s career since meeting the Adelaide-born player when he was a teenager and says watching him in Georgia felt like a family triumph.
“It was like my son had won the tournament himself,” said Norman, who never won the Masters but finished second in the event in 1986, 1987 and 1996.
“To see Adam evolve from when I met him at 15 to where he is today is just a journey I’ve loved to observe and I am so happy for him.
“It was a huge shot in the arm for Australian golf, too.”
Norman says he called Scott in the wake of his Open meltdown at Royal Lytham in 2012 in order to convince his countryman that he had the ability to win golf’s biggest prizes.
And the 59-year-old believes that after finishing in the top five in the Open and USPGA Championships last year, Scott is set for more success.
He is a great champion so don’t be surprised if he is there on Sunday with another chance to win this thing.
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“I called Adam 45 minutes after Lytham as I thought it was key for him to have a conversation and not let it stew in his head,” added Norman.
“I said: ‘Adam, you led that golf tournament for 70 holes, so take that and go into the next championship knowing you can go for 72 holes’.
“I think that resonated as he kept going, showed everyone what he could do and could have won three Majors last year.
“He knows he is doing an excellent job, and has a very good handle on his practice routine and his private life.”