Sydney - Former major winner Greg Norman
says he will be shocked if fellow Australians Jason Day or Adam Scott don't
pull on the champion's green jacket at the US Masters this week, with both
players having the "mojo" to win.
The retired star, who reigned as world
number one for 331 weeks in the 1980s and 1990s, said it was hard to split his
countrymen, who are both in a rich vein of form.
"I'd be shocked if I didn't see Jason
or Adam wearing the green jacket at the end of the week," Norman told News
Corp Australia newspapers in comments published Tuesday.
"They clearly have that energy and
mojo from being recent winners in their favour.
"Mentally, they've seen the shots, hit
the shots, made the putts and felt the feeling. It's so fresh in the head they
don't have to summon enormous concentration to bring positives forward."
Day enters the tournament at Augusta as
world number one after back-to-back wins in the lead-up while Scott is seventh
in the global standings, fresh off tournament triumphs at the Honda Classic and
WGC Cadillac Championship.
While Norman sees them as likely winners,
he said the field was one of the best he has seen in years.
"The depth of great players is as deep
as I've seen on a global front at the Masters and I first played there in
1981," he said.
"With no Tiger Woods there, 10-12
players at this Masters all have a shot at winning but the Aussie guys have put
themselves in prime position."
As well as Day and Scott, he cited Jordan
Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson as in
with a realistic shot.
If he had to pick one player to win the
80th Masters, he nominated Day.
"Jason is probably the odds-on
favourite. I think he's a better green reader than Adam and one of the very
best out there," Norman said.