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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.

Pic­ture: SARAH REED

FIND­ING FORM: Ja­son Nor­ris is work­ing his way back from a hor­ror in­jury run.

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