Aussies Hailed as the News Kings of Golf
Greg Norman steered Australia to a crushing 3-0 victory over the United States in the inaugural Dunhill Cup at St. Andrews.
Norman dropped eight birdies in a course record tying 7-under-par 65 to defeat Mark O’Meara by a whopping eight shots.
West Australian Graham Marsh posted a 71, three shots clear of Raymond Floyd, to seal the victory for Australia in golf’s first $1 million tournament.
David Graham finished off the top-seeded Americans as he coasted home in front of nearly 10,000 spectators at the Old Course. Graham finished with a 69 and beat Curtis Strange by three strokes.
The Australians collected $100,000 each for their stunning victory.
Norman blitzed O’Meara on the front nine with five birdies in an outward 31 and stormed home with three more birdies on the inward half.
It was Norman’s day, as it had been Norman’s tournament. “Greg Norman is something else,” Graham said. “He blew everyone away this week.”
Marsh was a steady No. 2, and took the pressure off Graham in the last match — a fact Graham duly acknowledged. Marsh predicted the victory would provide an enormous boost for golf in Australia.
“Probably because we are so far away from everyone else we don’t have the opportunity to prove ourselves so often in team matches,” he said. “Thereis a tremendous amount of talent in Australian golf, an we have a fine crop of youngsters.”