Norman lauds young Aussie golf stars

Greg Norman believes young Australian trio Brett Coletta, Curtis Luck and Ryan Ruffels can soar to the heights of countrymen Jason Day and Adam Scott.

Young Australian golfers Brett Coletta, Curtis Luck and Ryan Ruffels have been given a glowing endorsement by Greg Norman on the eve of the US PGA Tour's Memorial event.

With two-time major winner Norman named as honouree for the Jack Nicklaus-hosted tournament in Ohio, Luck, Ruffels and Coletta were afforded sponsor's invitations to Muirfield Village Golf Club.

Norman, 62, predicted the trio will soar to the heights of countrymen and major winners Adam Scott and Jason Day.

"These young kids, they'll be just as good as the Days and Scotts of the world," said Norman.

"Technically, they're all really good. (They) can win this week; there is no reason they can't if they believe in themselves.

"Australia has this ability to keep churning out these great players every 15 years."

Norman's praise comes after 20-year-old Luck left Australia with considerable hype following victories at the US Amateur and Asia Pacific Amateur in 2016, as well as the Western Australian Open - a pro event.

Perth-native Luck turned pro immediately after his major championship debut at the Masters in April, where he tied for 46th place at Augusta.

"We're all capable of competing in this field and it's exciting period of my life to play on the US PGA Tour," said Luck.

Coletta, also 20, became the first amateur since Stuart Appleby in 1991 to win the professional Queensland Open last year.

Victorian Coletta joined the paid ranks in January and currently plies his trade on the Canadian Tour.

"I want to finish in the top 10 or better (at Memorial) but rubbing shoulders with the best players in the world on the PGA Tour will be great for my career moving forward," said Coletta.

Ruffels cemented his status as the next big thing in Australian golf with strong finishes at the 2014 and 2015 Australian Open, in addition to winning a world junior championship.

The 19-year-old plays on the PGA Tour's third-tier South American circuit in between sponsor's exemptions on the lucrative main Tour.

Source AAP

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