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Fred Couples and Greg Norman, captains again

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It really should come as no surprise to anyone that Fred Couples and Greg Norman were named captains for the 2011 Presidents Cup.

In 2009, Couples lead the American squad over Norman's International crew, and some might be looking elsewhere for an International captain but the next matches will be in Australia, where Norman is king, so it makes sense for him to be back.

The question is, why would he want to be? His captaincy in 2009 was weak at best, deciding on fellow Australian Adam Scott as a captain's pick over some of the other, more logical picks, only to see Scott finish with one of the worst totals of anyone on the team.

Along with that, his team pairings were never that solid, sticking with Camilo Villegas even though he couldn't scrounge a single point in three team matches.

Norman, sling free, will get a chance to redeem himself at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club, a place of good memories for the International team. The last time the matches were held there, the Americans got shellacked 20.5-15.5.

No matter, Couples will absolutely be the one heading into 2011 with less on his shoulders. If Norman fails again, he might be the Presidents Cup version of Hal Sutton.

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