Australian Greg Norman broke two long-standing records and re
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) _ Australian Greg Norman broke two long-standing records and regained his ranking as the world’s top player Monday as he coasted to a 10-shot victory in the rain-delayed $207,000 Australian Open at the Royal Melbourne Course.
Norman earned his first win in 10 months, shooting a 1-under-par 71 to finish with a 72-hole score of 15-under-par 273.
Former British Open champion Sandy Lyle, who fired a 70 Monday, was a distant second at 283.
Three shots further back at 286 were Scotsman Gordon Brand Jr., who had a 73, and Australian Ron Wood, who skied to a 77.
With little wind and overcast skies, the final round had none of Sunday’s drama, when players walked off the course because of unplayable conditions.
Norman, who won the tournament for the third time, broke the tournament scoring record of 278 at Royal Melbourne, set by Gary Player in 1963.
He also broke the record for the greatest winning margin in the tournament, set in 1971, when Jack Nicklaus routed Bruce Crampton by eight shots.
Norman, who climbed past Spain’s Seve Ballesteros in the world rankings after falling to second place last week, earned $38,000 for the victory.
Defending champion Rodger Davis, who barely made the cut, sneaked into fifth place with a 66 and a final score of 287.
″It’s been a long tough year since the Australian Masters and a lot of people have doubted me in the press. It’s nice to be back there now,″ Norman said.
″As long as you have confidence in your own ability, irrespective of what people say or what you read, you know sooner or later it’s going to break and you are going to win.
″Everyone has been looking for an excuse and everyone thought there was something wrong with my golf swing.″