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Norman to buy into second Australian tournament

Greg Normanis close to finalising a deal that would see him have a stake in a second tournament in Australia.

Norman, who already runs the richesttournament in Australia, the $2 million Greg Norman International, at The Lakes this week, has thrown his financial weight behind another event.

"We're close to doing a deal on another tournament down here and that announcement will come before I leave Australia next Sunday," Norman said today.

"I can't say too much about it now but I've always liked the idea of resurrecting something or bringing something new to the table."

There is speculation Norman may take over the running of the tour-owned Players Championship, moving it from Royal Queensland to a Norman-designed course, also in Queensland.

If Norman is successful, it will make him a major stakeholder in two of the 10 Australian tournaments, which, in conjunction with the New Zealand Open and the European Tour-backed Johnnie Walker Classic, make up the Australasian tour.

However, Norman would eventually like to see the tour rationalised to a top tier of about six top-quality events and run in conjunction with the growing Southern African Tour.

"The thing we have to do in the Southern Hemisphere is get coordination between South Africa and ourselves.

"To clash with events over there is just ridiculous."

Norman's event has attracted a strong field, including New Zealand's Michael Campbell, who finished second here last year and is looking for a third straight win after victories in the NZ Open and in Perth at the weekend.

British Open champion Paul Lawrie is a late withdrawal after suffering from the extreme heat in Perth.

US Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal, Americans John Daly and Bob Estes, German Bernhard Langer, Australian Open champion Aaron Baddeley and Denmark's Heineken runner-up Thomas Bjorn are among the leading contenders.

Australian Stuart Appleby is a late, welcome addition to the field, with Norman saying he was surprised at Appleby's decision last week to return to Australia for the event.

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