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JASON Norris has just completed a 12-month stretch seated at the “all you can eat” buffet.
But all he could do was nibble at the bread rolls.
Norris qualified for a cashfuelled year on the European Tour, courtesy victory in the 2017 Fiji International, and had his sights set on a busy 2018 schedule.
But a debilitating back injury, suffered while receiving routine medical treatment days after he landed in Europe, ruined all hope of significantly swelling the bank balance.
He was either out injured, playing injured, or battling a swing compromised by a lack of practice.
Now, with his health in check and the confidence returning, Norris is approaching this week’s Australian Open at The Lakes in Sydney with renewed fervour. His final fortnight on the European Tour, which ended late last month, featured a WGC tournament in China alongside many of the world’s best players, and he returned home with cheques worth around AU$150,000.
“I’m nowhere near my best at the moment and I look at it and say I can match it with these guys,” he said. “They just do it more often. They play $10 million tournaments every week. If I was 100 per cent I would have been pretty competitive over there.”
Norris will lead a contingent of at least six South Australians into the national championship, which begins Thursday.
“For me it’s not much pressure, as I’ve got another year exemption (on the Australasian PGA Tour),” he said. “Normally I’m playing to keep my card in these events. So it’s going to be a lot more fun for me. I can enjoy it. It’s our biggest event in terms of prestige. Hopefully I get a few good groups with a lot of top players coming down.
“I haven’t played much at home this year so I’m looking forward to it.” backyard of a nearby house. That’s where we left it.” min Glazbrook, committee, became president and will next year coach the inaugural women’s team.
FINDING FORM: Jason Norris is working his way back from a horror injury run.