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Unlike the real world, the golf season never ends. While the PGA Tour has successfully created a playoff system, regardless of whether you like it or not, the best players are participating. Why not, when there is a $10 million bounty available for the winner. Even if there is a recession going on that still represents an awful lot of money. While the actual golf industry is winding down there are still plenty of golf events to come. One of them is the biannual Presidents Cup.
International captain, Greg Norman is likely to come under attack before the opening shot is even hit. The Aussie used his only two choices to add Japanese teenager Ryo Ishikawa and fellow countryman Adam Scott to his roster. Scott is a name most golf fans already know but his play of late is what may cause a few to question Norman’s judgement.
“I think there's more than one thing you look at in selecting a player, and obviously a lot of it has got to do with past experiences,” Norman stated as he began to explain his decision. “When you look back a year ago, Adam was the No. 3 player in the world. So everybody goes through a slump and for different reasons; maybe it's not your game but maybe something else is just a little bit out of sync in his life to put him in that situation. I know I've been there and I'm sure Freddie has been there, as well,” Norman continued.
“In my conversations with Adam and with Frank Nobilo (Norman’s assistant) over a period of weeks now, I saw a huge boost of confidence from Adam himself. It's not an easy task, but at the end of the day, he's got the playing skills, and as Adam said, the team camaraderie, what he can bring to the locker room, the support he gives to the other players, the connection and the experience that he's had playing on The Presidents Cup team. He was really a logical choice,” the Great White Shark concluded. Don’t be surprised if the media has a field day with the “logical choice” comment. But Norman is confident that Scott will use his time before the event begins to get his game in shape. “He has rededicated himself to more of a higher degree, so he's going to be ready come four weeks from now,” Norman said. Time will tell whether the gamble pays off or leaves Norman subject to a variety of second guessing punch lines.
Meanwhile, the name most people are still getting to know is Ishikawa. Essentially a high schooler since he won’t turn 18 until September 17th, Norman believes he has what it takes to help his team win. “He played with Tiger (at the British Open). He stood up to Tiger. So that tells me that he can deal with a pressure situation,” Norman declared. “The other thing which came into my mind is he travels with an entourage of about 50 media people, so he's used to that type of atmosphere, that buzz going on all the time, and it doesn't bother him. I think that is a true reflection of his inner personality, as well,” Norman added. “And then obviously winning the other day by five shots was tremendous. It was a no-brainer for me. I like to give young people the opportunity. Obviously he has the credentials, but he has to be given the opportunity at the same time. As a captain you've got to have faith in that ability, and I have a lot of faith in him.”