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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Non-American Sweep Of Grand Slam Possible

TULSA, Oklahoma -- A non-American sweep of golf's major championships "would be good for golf," Greg Norman said.


An unprecedented sweep is more than a possibility going into the PGA championship, the last of the year's Big Four events which begins Thursday on the Southern Hills Country Club course.


The winners of the first three majors -- Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain (Masters), Ernie Els of South Africa (U.S. Open) and Nick Price of Zimbabwe (British Open) -- join the Australian ace Norman among the leading contenders in the 151-man field.


A victory by one of them, or any other non-American, not only would be good for world golf, it could be of benefit to the American game, Norman said Tuesday after a practice round.


"Maybe it would wake them up," he said. "There's no question that, at one time, Americans dominated the world game," he said. "It's just the way the game of golf has changed over the last few years. Now it's an international game."


Norman, a two-time British Open winner, has had a hand in that change. So have Olazabal and fellow Spaniard Seve Ballesteros, Els, and Nick Faldo of England, to mention a few.


"We all had someone to follow, someone to look up to," he said.


In his case, it was David Graham, an Australian winner of the PGA and U.S. Open. Faldo followed England's Tony Jacklin. Ballesteros and Els followed South African Gary Player.