'Greg has had a dynamic impact on the entire golf industry in Australia and this honor is testament to his enormous contribution,' Geoff Scott, president of the PGA, said on Tuesday.
Norman won two major championships -- the 1986 and 1993 British Opens -- among more than 80 wins worldwide, including 20 on the U.S. PGA Tour. Thomson's British Open wins were in 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958 and 1965 and he had more than 50 wins worldwide.
The poll was conducted as part of the commemorations for the centenary Australian PGA championship at the Hyatt Regency Resort Course at Coolum, Queensland, from Dec. 1-4.
Entries include U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell, defending champion Peter Lonard, Stuart Appleby, Nick O'Hern, Mark Hensby, Robert Allenby and former U.S. PGA champion Shaun Micheel of the United States.
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