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Australian invasion on the increase

Australian golfers are champing at the bit to produce another dominant season on the PGA Tour, according to Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy.

World number four Scott and U.S. Open champion Ogilvy were among six Australians who triumphed on this year's Tour and they plan to make the 2007 campaign at least as successful.

"From the players' point of view, there's expectation we're going to have another year like that and someone is going to win a major again," Scott told reporters on Wednesday as he prepared for this week's Target World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club.

"We've got some young guys coming off the Nationwide Tour who are great players and I expect one of them to have a real impact on the PGA Tour next year.

"There are 25 of us out here every week, which is a considerable amount and I don't think that really gets reported too much in Australia," added Scott, who won the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta last month.

Australian golfers won eight titles between them on the 2006 Tour, a remarkable achievement in Ogilvy's eyes.

"That's pretty impressive for a country with 18 million people or 19 million people, but it's hard to explain why it's so good at the moment," the 29-year-old said.

"It's a snowball effect. The guys used to play mainly in Europe, but now everyone seems to come here because this really is the only place to play if you want to prepare for the majors.

"Australian golf is strong at the moment and hopefully we will get a bunch of majors in the next four or five years. There are plenty of guys that can do it."

Surprise winner of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in February, Ogilvy clinched his maiden major title in the U.S. Open at Winged Foot in June.

He became the first Australian to win at the game's highest level since Steve Elkington in the 1995 PGA Championship at Riviera.

Scott, tipped by compatriot Greg Norman as a future world number one, says he is now ready to make his own major breakthrough.

"I feel like I'm a good enough player to win a major if I'm on my game that week," the 26-year-old added. "I really feel in the past it's been a case of I've not played well enough."

Asked if he considered himself the best player in the world without a major title, Scott replied: "I think probably Sergio (Garcia) is.

"I say that because I think he's had some good chances in majors. You know, he could have had one or two or three by now but he hasn't.

"But he's definitely got a better record in the majors than me. It's just taken me a little bit more time to get comfortable in that position.

"And I don't think Sergio and I are viewing it as a race to see who wins the first one because I hope to win more than one."

The Target World Challenge starts on Thursday when Scott and Ogilvy are scheduled to tee off together at 1840 GMT in the opening round.

 

 




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