THREE-TIME Masters runner-up Greg Norman believes compatriot Adam Scott can become Australia’s most successful golfer ever after ending his nation’s 77-year wait for a recipient of the green jacket on Sunday night.
Scott sunk a 15-foot putt to beat Argentina’s Angel Cabrera on the second play-off hole at Augusta to clinch his first Major.
And Norman, twice winner of the British Open, believes Scott can now go on and eclipse the five Majors won by Peter Thomson and become Australia’s most decorated golfer.
“It will not surprise me if he wins more Major championships than any other Australian golfer in history,” said Norman, who Scott describes as his “inspiration”.
“Adam’s an incredible competitor. He’s not a guy that wants to sit back and rest on his laurels and a victory like this is going to give him tremendous confidence as he moves forward in his career.”
Scott’s win has been widely toasted Down Under, with Prime Minister Julia Gillard leading the tributes to the 32-year-old.
“Adam Scott held his nerve and prevailed in the most intense pressure imaginable on any sporting field,” she said.
“With this outstanding achievement, Adam Scott has done his country proud.”
■ Won WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in 2011 by four strokes
■ Threw away a four-shot lead with four holes to play to finish second behind Ernie Els at the Open in 2012
■ Wins Masters on a play-off in 2013
■ Climbed four places to No3 in the world rankings with Masters win