November 20, 2011
One loss and you can come back for another bite at the apple. Two losses? Time to hand over the reins to someone else.
Not long after his International team lost 19-15 to the Americans, Greg Norman conceded that he won't be back as captain when the next Presidents Cup tees off in 2013 stateside, in Ohio's Muirfield Village.
Norman pointed to the format as being problematic for his team, specifically the foursomes. "Our foursomes let us down, no question about it. I said in the beginning that it was going to be the hardest one for us and it turned out to be the case," he said. "I think as players sitting up here, it's very difficult for us to prepare for an alternate-shot format, because we don't do it. If you look at the U.S. Team, probably 30 percent, 40 percent, maybe even more sometimes play in The Ryder Cup, so they get the experience and the feel for that." He recommended giving the host nation more of a say in determining the format of the golf tournament.
Norman did allow that he would be up for a vice-captaincy, if that was available. "That's going to be totally up to the captain," he said. "I'm always open for the betterment of the game and The Presidents Cup. I made a couple of suggestions already to the powers that be back in Jacksonville to make this Presidents Cup a little bit better from my team's perspective, which I think is a really important thing."
Another idea espoused by Norman: adding a couple more picks to the International squad, since there are so many more potential candidates. We'll see how many of his thoughts actually make it to reality in the coming years.