November 20, 2011
The 2011 Presidents Cup will always be known as the event Tiger Woods helped secure for the United State, but one of the side stories that's bound to get some press in the days ahead is how the five Australian players failed to show up when the International team needed them most.
Playing at Royal Melbourne with a pro-Aussie crowd, Greg Norman stacked the deck with Aussie talent, picking Robert Allenby and Aaron Baddeley with his two captain's picks. With Jason Day, Geoff Ogilvy and Adam Scott already on the team, you had to figure Norman would live or die with his local talent.
With an 8-13-3 Aussie record for the Presidents Cup, it's clear Norman suffered the latter fate at the event. You hate to put a lot of the blame on one particular group of players, since the first three days of the matches are team-oriented, but it's hard to not look at the lack of success from the five Aussies on the squad and point the finger.
Playing in front of a home crowd with the pressure of an entire country on your shoulders has to make for a pressure-filled week, but that still doesn't excuse the massive letdown. You expect your big names to show up when it matters most, especially on home soil.
With the exception of Geoff Ogilvy, they certainly didn't do that. Because of their lack of success, Greg Norman has to lament another missed opportunity to take the Presidents Cup back from the U.S at Royal Melbourne.