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Great week for Jason Norris in Spain

Norris finds form after a year of struggle (Photo: Henry Peters)
Jason Norris has turned around a difficult twelve months with an 8th place finish at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation, the 46-year old South Australian based golfer recording his best finish and his only top ten since his win at the Fiji International in 2017.

Perhaps frustratingly for Norris he bogeyed the final hole at the Real Club at Valderrama after being required with the rest of the field to return to the course on Monday morning to compete the delayed third and final round.

He had to that point not dropped a shot during round three and given the dropped shot saw him slip from 5th to 8th it was a costly bogey. It was still, however, a significant finish for Norris

Norris’ round of 70 saw him finish nine shots behind the winner Sergio Garcia who won the event for the third time in three starts, the local star winning by four over Ireland’s Shane Lowry with Finland’s Mikko Korhonen another two shots back in 3rd place.

Norris’s win in Fiji last year gave him access to the European Tour due to the event’s joint sanctioning between the European, Asian and Australasian Tours but he has battled to find the sort of form that saw him record a four-shot win over what was essentially an Australasian Tour field last year.

Norris will move only just inside the top 200 in the Race to Dubai Rankings after a season which has seen him struggle to rekindle the game that saw him win so convincingly at Natadola Bay in 2017.

Of the other Australians, Jason Scrivener finished 22nd, Marcus Fraser 29th, Andrew Dodt 42nd, Wade Ormsby 52nd and Scott Hend 66th.

Defending champion Sergio Garcia was delighted to have won the event again and secured his first victory since his win in Singapore in January.

The Spaniard will move back inside the top 30 in the world ranking after a season which started well but which had fallen victim to the distractions of fatherhood. His role in Europe's success in the Ryder Cup along with this win sees him finding form at a time when some big value tournaments are in the offering.

"To be able to win three times here in Valderrama is a dream come true," said the winner. "It’s so difficult, this golf course is so challenging. For me to be able to shoot three rounds under par with the positions we played all week, all the rain we had, and all the stop and going means a lot. I’m very proud of that.

“Becoming a father changes your life for better and we’ve enjoyed every minute of it.  I am very happy to have Angela and Azalea by my side; it was nice to be able to win it for both of them.”

     

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