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3 Biggest Australian Golfing Legends

Australia has produced some of the greatest golfers in the history of the sport. With so many illustrious names, some of which are currently playing, it is not easy to narrow down the choice to just 3 Australian golfing legends. The legends of Australian golf started their careers on the best courses Australia has to offer before touring the world. Continue below as we bring you the 3 biggest Australian golfing legends of all time.

Greg Norman

Greg Norman was born in Mount Isa, Queensland and was initially taught golf by his mother, who had a single figure handicap. Having participated as an amateur in Australian tournaments, Norman turned professional in 1975 and his first tournament as a professional player came at the 1976 South Coast Open. Norman won his first tournament at the West Lakes Classic, an event that was last played at the highly rated Royal Adelaide Golf Club. Norman soon moved to the European Tour and it did not take long for Norman to begin winning tournaments, including the Australian Open.

In 1981, Norman played his first Masters tournament, finishing fourth and switched to the PGA Tour three years later. Known as The Shark, Norman enjoyed a fantastic year in 1986, finishing second in the Masters and PGA Championship before winning the first major of his career, the Open Championship. By this stage, Norman was ranked as the number one golfer in the world but was forced to wait 7 years before his second and final major tournament win, which was the 1993 Open Championship. Norman enjoyed 88 professional wins in his career, 20 of which came on the PGA Tour.

Having retired from golf, Norman set up LIV Golf Investments as one of his many ventures. The LIV Golf League has caused a lot of controversy and the money involved has persuaded many top players to move from the PGA Tour. This led to some players being suspended by the PGA and European Tour but did not deter Norman from his desire to create LIV Golf.

Adam Scott

adam scottAdam Scott is the only one of the three players on this page who is still playing professionally. Born in Adelaide, Scott started his golf career by winning the Australian Boys' Amateur twice in the late 1990s and turned professional in 2000. Scott’s first win as a professional came at the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Championship and he finished ninth in his first Masters tournament in 2002. His first victory on the PGA Tour came at the 2003 Deutsche Bank Championship and Scott landed The Players Championship, the most prestigious event on the PGA Tour, a year later.

Scott continued to taste success on the PGA and European Tours but was forced to wait until 2013 to win the only major of his career to date, the Masters. Scott has finished second at the Open Championship, third at the PGA Championship (twice), and fourth at the US Open. With Scott still playing, it is not too late to back him to win the second major title of his career. The early signs in 2024 look promising, with a top 10 finish already in the bag at the WM Phoenix Open.

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Peter Thomson

It is impossible to discuss the 3 biggest Australian golfing legends of all time and not mention Peter Thomson. Born in Brunswick, Victoria, Thomson picked up the first amateur tournament win of his career with Dick Payne at the Australasian Foursomes Shield in 1947 and claimed the Victorian Amateur Championship four years later. Thomson was a man who liked to tour the world playing golf and won national championships in 10 different countries. Thomson had a total of 98 tournament wins in his professional career, 6 of which came on the PGA Tour, with successes also on the European Tour and Japan Golf Tour.

In terms of the Majors, no other Australian player can come close to Thomson, who won the Open Championship a remarkable 5 times. Three of Thomson’s victories at the Open Championship were in succession between 1954 and 1956. He also won the tournament in 1958 and 1965. Thomson finished fourth at the 1956 US Open and fifth at the 1957 Masters. Having finished his playing career, Thomson enjoyed designing golf courses and he has created some of the top courses in Australia. Alice Springs Golf Club is a notable example and this golf course has been lauded as one of the best in the country. Thomson has also designed several golf courses in Victoria in addition to courses in other countries, including India, New Zealand, Turkey, Indonesia,