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Adam Scott is trying to complete a storybook season this week by adding Australia’s Triple Crown to his historic Masters’ victory.

After winning the Australian PGA and Australian Masters earlier this month, Scott turns his eye on winning the Australian Open at Royal Sydney. A victory would finish off what has become a magical parade home after becoming the first Aussie to win a green jacket at Augusta National back in the spring.

A victory helps Scott put the finishing touch on one of the greatest seasons in Aussie golf history.

Here’s a look at the 10 greatest achievements by a male player from Down Under:


 Photos: Top 10 moments in Australian golf history


 1. Peter Thomson wins the British Open at Royal Birkdale in 1965, marking the fifth time he won the claret jug. The victory is the most highly regarded of Thomson’s British Open titles because his first four came before America’s best consistently made the trip over to the championship. Thomson beat a field in '65 that included Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tony Lema, three of the top four money winners on the PGA Tour’s 1964 money list.

2. Jim Ferrier wins the PGA Championship in 1947, becoming the first Australian to win a major championship. He defeated Chick Harbert at Plum Hollow Country Club outside Detroit in the final of what was then a match play championship.

3. Peter Thomson wins the British Open at Royal Liverpool in 1956, becoming the first player to win three consecutive British Open titles since Scotland’s Bob Ferguson (1880-81-82).

4. Adam Scott wins the Masters in 2013, becoming the first Aussie to win a green jacket. Scott will always be remembered for ending a frustrating drought in Australian golf history. The Masters was the last of the four majors to be won by an Aussie.

5. Greg Norman wins the British Open at Turnberry in a five-shot rout in 1986, a victory that a month later will help him become the first and still the only Aussie to ascend to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He also would go on that year to become the first and still the only Aussie to win the PGA Tour money title. Norman made news that year for his Saturday Slam, for holding the 54-hole lead in all four majors.

6. Greg Norman wins the British Open at Royal St. George’s in 1993, closing with a 64, the lowest final round by a winner in the history of the championship. His 267 total still stands as the championship’s 72-hole scoring record. He came from behind to beat rival Nick Faldo, who was tied for the 54-hole lead with Corey Pavin.

7. Peter Thomson wins the British Open at Royal Birkdale in 1954, becoming the first Aussie to win the oldest major championship in golf.

8. Kel Nagle wins the British Open at St. Andrews in 1960, a triumph notable in that Arnold Palmer pumped excitement into that championship winning the first two majors of the year before heading over to Scotland amid tremendous hype that he was in pursuit of golf’s “Grand Slam.” Nagle beat Palmer by a shot.

9. David Graham wins the U.S. Open at Merion in 1981, becoming the first Aussie to win the championship.

10. Greg Norman wins three PGA Tour events in 1995, helping him win PGA Tour Player of the Year and PGA Player of the Year. He is the first Aussie to win either honor.

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