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McIlroy Hunting Great White Shark

Rory McIlroy has declared he wants to “stamp his place” in the Australian Open this week by following in the hallowed footsteps of Greg Norman.

The Northern Irishman heads to Royal Sydney this week looking for his maiden win of 2013, but stern tests loom with the 24-year-old squaring off against a formidable field consisting of world number two Adam Scott and World Cup of Golf champion Jason Day.

McIlroy is determined to force the issue, however, and will go into the tournament with confidence by trying to emulate the success of Australian Greg Norman. The ‘Great White Shark’ was prolific in the game and McIlroy believes that by trying to emulate him, there could be some silverwear coming to him.

"Being a multiple major winner and a former world number one, the Great White Shark will forever be remembered in the game," McIlroy said of Norman.

“Aside from his great golfing achievements, Greg is a hugely successful businessman off the course. Not many golfers have successfully made that transition.

"I know Greg also has won the Australian Open many times and that is my goal this week.

"So to win the Australian Open would be huge for me. It would stamp my place in the history books of the Australian Open alongside people like Greg, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and so many other great players.

"And following in their footsteps would never be a bad thing."

Can Rory ride the waves at the Australian Open like the Great White Shark, or will he be pulled beneath the currents and end a turbulent year without finding success? Keep checking back to the OnlineGolf News section for updates.