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Australian golf great looks to future homegrown champions

2010-06-03 10:57:20 GMT2010-06-03 18:57:20 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

SYDNEY, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Golfing great Greg Norman said on Thursday Australian golf cannot rely on just one person and needs to spread success among several players.

The two-time British Open champion was in Sydney to promote the Australian Open to be held at The Lakes club in December.

Norman 55, a five-time Australian Open champion, was among the first batch of announced entrants for this year's tournament, along with fellow compatriots defending title-holder Adam Scott and 2006 U.S. Open victor Geoff Ogilvy.

Norman said Australian golf has been on the threshold of a golden era for sometime.

"We can't just put all our eggs in one basket with one player, we need to spread it out," Norman told reporters.

"I think that's one thing that golf is missing right now is that competitive five or six players around the world, who really go up against each other on a week to week basis.

"I know when I played in the 1980s and 90s no matter where I played I was playing against three or four top players, so it really pushed you to the peak of your performance," he said.

Norman will be the non-playing captain of the 2011 Presidents Cup team and was optimistic of an increased Australian representation.

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