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October 01, 2013

Norman: I was 'cut off' from the Presidents Cup

Posted at 12:39 PM by Pete Madden
Greg Norman
Credit: Chris Condon / Getty Images


There's an angry Great White Shark after PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem.

Greg Norman lost twice in two appearances as captain of the Presidents Cup International team -- most recently at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in his home state of Australia two years ago -- but the two-time major winner and former World No. 1 player still felt slighted when the PGA Tour picked Zimbabwe's Nick Price for this year's job.

"It came as a big surprise to me," Norman told FOX Sports' Robert Lusetich. "Let's just say it's disappointing. Extremely disappointing ... We were just completely cut off."

Norman, whose "measured" relationship with Finchem is well-documented, joined the chorus of voices concerned for the future of the competition. The United States has gone 7-1-1 since the tournament's inception in 1994, and with six of the top 10 players in the world playing for the red, white and blue at Muirfield Village, the 2013 competition figures to be more of the same.

"It's crucially important for them to do everything they can to make this President Cup a true competition," said Norman. "Right now, it's lopsided and a lot of the interest isn't there that could be there."

If Finchem and the PGA Tour is to turn the Presidents Cup around, they'll have to do it without Norman.

"My role is done," he said.

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September 29, 2013

Scott: Internationals 'have to win' Prez Cup this year

Posted at 12:39 PM by Pete Madden
Adam Scott
Credit: Fred Vuich / SI


It's do or die for the International (non-European) Presidents Cup team at Muirfield Village this year, at least according to its biggest star.

2013 Masters champion Adam Scott said he's "tired of getting killed out there," and without a win, the Internationals risk losing competitive credibility.

"The Internationals need to step up and win the thing and make it a real competition," Scott told Agence France-Presse. "This is a big year for us. It's our time ... I think it's crucial. We have to win this year. The Cup loses any credibility whatsoever if (the Internationals) don't start winning soon."

Though they have struggled at the Ryder Cup in recent years, the U.S. is 7-1-1 in Presidents Cup competition since the tournament's inception; the Internationals' lone win came in 1998 at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Scott's home state of Australia.

"There are a few occasions we did really well, but the US team is a lot stronger," said International captain Nick Price of Zimbabwe, who lobbied PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem for changes that would neutralize the U.S. team's depth. "The commissioner didn't want to do anything about the changes for this year. We're going to do the best we can with the given points structure ... It's going to be a tough job for us to win the Cup."

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May 29, 2012

Fred Couples, Nick Price selected as captains for 2013 Presidents Cup

Posted at 3:47 PM by

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem announced Tuesday that Fred Couples and Nick Price will serve as captains at the 2013 Presidents Cup.

Couples played in four Presidents Cups and captained the U.S. team in 2009 and 2011.

"Without being on the team, there's nothing better than to be a captain," Couples said.

Price will serve as captain of the international team for the first time. He played in the event five times and takes over the captain's job from Greg Norman.

The 2013 Presidents Cup will be held at Muirfield Village in Columbus, Ohio.

March 27, 2009

What to Watch for: Saturday at the Cap Cana Championship

Posted at 5:35 PM by Damon Hack

The 50-and-over set might have trouble winning on the PGA Tour, but these Champions Tour guys are tougher than their younger counterparts. In almost any endeavor but golf -- throwing darts, talking trash, boxing, arm wrestling -- my money would be on the seniors. Check out this lineup that was practicing on the range this morning at the Cap Cana Championship: Jim Thorpe. Craig Stadler. Curtis Strange. Greg Norman. Eduardo Romero. Other than Tiger and Vijay, who's messing with that fivesome?

Not me.

I'm going to be watching Norman on Saturday because his Friday round at the seaside Punta Espada Golf Club was disappointing. After splitting the fairway with his opening tee shot, Norman pulled his approach into the bushes and rocks to the left of the green. With no shot, he took an unplayable, walked back to the fairway, hit his fourth shot onto the green and two-putted for a double-bogey six. He finished the day at 1-over 73, six off the lead. Not exactly ideal Masters preparation.

I'll be checking out Nick Price (4-under-par 68, one behind David Eger's 67) because he's been on the Champions Tour for two years and still hasn't won. Price won 18 PGA Tour events (including three majors) and 42 times around the world. He's due to win one and his crisp ballstriking plays well in these 15-mile per hour winds.

I'll also be camping out at the 18th green because that's where land meets the gurgling sea. As dramatic finishing holes go, this one has a place in my Top 10.

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