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Norman urges Americans to travel more

Greg Norman urged his American peers to fulfil a responsibility and play outside the lucrative US PGA tour.

One of his babies, the four-event World Championship of Golf is struggling to get support from several top American stars and there are fears they will be equally reluctant to play in the Presidents Cup in South Africa next year.

He wants American players to spend more time playing in international events.

"The rest of world golf are in a bit of a tough position because the prize money is so large in America right now the guys are thinking why do I need to jump in an airplane and go," Norman said.

"What's happening is the rest of the world are suffering dramatically - they don't get to see Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III and the rest.

"Back in the 80s we travelled the world, now they don't want to do that. Why would they want to go somewhere and play for less."

Norman urged the American players to support next year's President's Cup in South Africa saying they had a responsibility to promote the sport internationally.

"They've got to get down there," he said. "It's for the betterment of the game, take away all the travel and money issues and go to South Africa and play for those people who never get a chance to see the top 24 players in the world play.

"Their responsibility is huge, you've got to do things that you don't necessarily want to do.

"But at the end of the day that is the responsibility of being successful."

He said non-American players had carried the weight of promoting the game.

"We international players are saying you've got to, we are the ones who travel around the world to get to America to support the game of golf from South Africa, Australia, Japan and Europe so the reciprocality is a wonderful thing."

Norman wants the top US players to travel outside the US more often. Allsport.

Meanwhile, Norman defended his decision not to play in the World matchplay event earlier this month in Melbourne, saying it was a result of poor scheduling by the World Championship of Golf organisers.

"I knew it was going to happen," he said. "I had a discussion early with them about the time issues. What hope is there in Australia in the first week in January. There's holidays and we all know what it's like. The place shuts down. But that was the date they wanted to make it."

Norman said he fully agreed with several other stars who wanted the event to be held later in the year.

"A lot of players wanted it on the back of the Hawaiian schedule, that would have been perfect, It would have led into the Heineken Classic," he said.

"They made a bad decision and I think they realise that."




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