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"He sat on my plane and talked and asked a lot of questions about me and about life," Norman said. "I always had a lot of belief in Adam. I love this kid to death. He’s such a classy kid. He has a classic swing. I always knew destiny was going to be on his side."
It was Norman who gave Scott a short-game lesson in 2004 at The Players Championship, and Scott put that lesson to use with a pitch to 10 feet to win on the last hole. Scott leaned on Norman again at the British Open, holding his head high after a monumental collapse, because that’s how the Shark always handled failure.
"He was the best player in the world and he was an icon in Australia," Scott said. "Everything about the way he handled himself was incredible to have as a role model. And just that was enough, but he’s devoted so much time to myself and other young Australian players who came after him. Incredibly generous. Most of us would feel that he could have slipped a green jacket on, for sure.
"I said, ‘Part of this is for him’ because he’s given me so much time and inspiration and belief."
Norman was No. 1 for longer than anyone until Tiger Woods came along. Australia golf was booming when he was on top and while the circuit is a shell of what it was, Ogilvy couldn’t help but notice Norman’s impact even today.
"We had three of the top four in the Masters today," Ogilvy said. "That’s directly because we had the No. 1 player in the world and he was contending in the Masters. With Adam, there’s the potential for that effect."
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