It started with International captain Greg Norman spoke up on the captain's pick of Tiger Woods by Fred Couples, saying, "I can understand the name of a Tiger Woods and his history of what he's done on the golf course.
"But I pick the guys who I think are ready to get in there and play and have performed to the highest levels leading up to it."
It's a fair point there by Norman. Yes, Tiger is probably the biggest name in the history of golf, and although it's nice to have someone like him on your team, others playing better golf this year might have been more deserving (Norman mentioned Keegan Bradley).
But Couples was asked about the comments and fired back a pretty solid retort, focusing on the captain's picks by Norman himself for this year's matches.
"Robert Allenby is his pick, and Aaron Baddeley, and they're Australians and I think they're great picks. But I think I can sit here and say Robert Allenby hasn't won a tournament in 10 years.
"The truth is Tiger Woods is the greatest or the second-greatest player to ever play, and he's going to be down in Australia, and I hope he plays up to his capabilities."
It's funny because Couples is exactly correct. Yes, Allenby is a solid player who was picked mostly because of where he was from more than anything else, but the guy hasn't won a PGA Tour event since 2001, and a European event since '96. Yes, he's knocked out some random events, like the '09 Australian PGA Championship, but I liked the "eye for an eye" approach by Couples.
We all know that the only way to figure out if captain's picks were a good move was waiting until the matches begin and hoping for the best for your team's random players, so there isn't any real need to focus on that now, but I do like that both captain's have now pointed out the apparent Achilles Heels on both teams and are running with it.
And if the two wanted to go out for a captain's 18 hole match, I'm sure Couples would be more down than Norman. The 52-year-old captain just won the latest Champions Tour event by seven shots after shooting 23-under in just three days.
- Tiger Woods
- Greg Norman
- Fred Couples
- Robert Allenby