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Norman event to take over Australian Players

Greg Norman at last weeks Doral Ryder Open. Allsport.

Greg Norman has reached an agreement to take over the running of the Australasian Players championship from next season.

Norman, who won the tournament when it was first held in 1988 then retained his title the following year, released a statement on Friday announcing he would host the event for at least the next five years.

The former world number one said he initially wanted to stage the tournament at the Royal Queensland course where he trained before turning professional in the 1970s.

The two-time British Open champion already runs an annual Australasian Tour which bears his name as well as the Shark Shootout held each year in the United States.

"This has been a dream of Greg's to have a golf tournament in Queensland," Norman's Australian manager Frank Williams said in the statement.

"Greg has always wanted a golf tournament in Queensland that he was in control of, just like he's done with the (Greg Norman) International in Sydney."

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