Greg Norman's selection will put him under pressure

2009-10-07 00:00

THE Presidents Cup begins tomorrow at Harding Park Golf Club in San Francisco, United States.

The Presidents Cup is played between the U.S. and the Internationals, the latter comprising players from outside Europe. The International team is made up of players from South Africa, Australia, Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Fiji, Japan and South Korea.

This biennial tournament doesn’t quite have the same interest as the Ryder Cup even to South Africans with three players in the team of 12.

The rankings decide the top 10 with two others selected by the captains (captain’s pick as they call it). U.S. captain Fred Couples’s picks were predictable and logical, but Greg Norman is the opposite in that he has selected a Japanese 17-year-old rookie, Ryo Ishikawa, and fellow Australian Adam Scott, who has missed the cut 10 times out of 16 starts this season. Scott’s world ranking has plummeted from 13th to 59th in 12 months.

The choice of Scott has been widely criticised because there are at least three other players who are not only ranked higher but who have had far better performances this year. One of them is South Africa’s Rory Sabbatini who would have been an automatic choice if Y. E. Yang hadn’t won the U.S. PGA in August. Ishikawa has had three wins in Japan but that tour is well below the standard of both the European and the PGA tour.

Those two controversial choices by Norman will be under the spotlight. It could be that Norman isn’t thinking straight since his recent break-up with Chris Evert-Lloyd.

San Fransisco is on the west coast of the U.S., which means because of the time difference it’s going to be late-night viewing and bleary eyes in the morning for golf fans in this part of the world.

Next week Sunday, Maritzburg Golf Club will host the Maritzburg Open which should attract a strong field of the best amateur golfers in this province.

Last weekend’s results

Victoria Country Club held a Betterball Stableford competition on Saturday. The winning combination on a count-out was D. Sutton and C. Tyschen with 47 points. In second place were J & J Hallowes.

Maritzburg Golf Club replayed the washed-out August monthly mug.

The A division was won on a count-out­ by D. Bottomley from A. Mackenzie with scores of 68 net. The B division was won by J. Olivier on a net 67 with B. Daff on 69 net. The C division was won with a net 67 by C. Rowley on a count-out from R. Pridmore.

From the 19th hole

A man and his wife had had an argument and were giving each other the silent treatment.

Suddenly, the man remembered his golf trip and as he was meeting his golfing mates the next morning at the airport, he would need his wife to wake him at 5 am.

Not wanting to be the first to break the silence, he wrote on a piece of paper­.

“Please wake me at 5 am.”

He left it where he knew she would find it.

The next morning, the man woke up only to discover that it was 6 am and that he had missed his flight.

He was furious and was about to go and see why his wife didn’t wake him, when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed.

The paper read, “It is 5 am. Wake up.”

Men are not equipped for contests like this.

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