Norman steps down, campaigns for change

By Associated PressNovember 20, 2011, 12:00 pm

MELBOURNE, Australia – One of the most successful personalities in golf, on and off the course, has now lost the Presidents Cup twice as captain of the International side.

Greg Norman, never one to mince words, had criticized his counterpart Fred Couples for making Tiger Woodsa captain’s pick, then watched at Royal Melbourne as one of his, Robert Allenby, failed to win a point in yet another losing cause for the Internationals.

But Norman said he has no regrets. He was his usual upbeat self Sunday after the 19-15 loss to the Americans, and said that although he won’t be back as captain in 2013, he might be an assistant if asked.

“That’s going to be totally up to the captain,” Norman said when asked if he’d be helping out the International team in two years at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. “If coming back or getting an invitation to be involved again in the future, obviously I would very much consider that, no question about it.”

The Presidents Cup, which pits the U.S. against teams from non-European countries, has always taken a back seat to The Ryder Cup. And the United States has dominated nine Presidents Cup tournaments since 1994, winning seven times, losing once – at Royal Melbourne in 1998 – and tying in South Africa in 2003.

Norman said Sunday he’d like to see changes that would give the host country a say in the format.

“I made a couple of suggestions already to the powers that be back in Jacksonville (Florida, the U.S. PGA headquarters) to make the Presidents Cup a little bit better from my team’s perspective, which is a really important thing,” he said.

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Norman said he’d like to see the foursomes (alternate-shot) matches reduced, as that’s where the Internationals have been traditionally poor because the Americans play that format every year – in Ryder Cup and the Presidents Cup.

“We do get our cage rattled a little bit in the foursomes,” Norman said. “So maybe that just gets our confidence level off. What’s wrong with the host nation of having the choice of the format anyway? Any golf tournament has got to be fine-tuned every year.”

Couples agreed that his American side has an advantage there.

“We have an advantage by playing alternate shot, I couldn’t argue that more,” Couples said. “Greg’s guys very rarely do it.”

Making his swansong as captain, Norman looked like he loved what he was doing Sunday.

As the International side staged an early comeback attempt, winning the first four singles matches to pull close for a while, Norman donned one of the green caps worn by the Australian Fanatics cheerleading squad.

When South Korean player K.T. Kim won his match 1-up over Webb Simpson, Norman was the first person to give him a big hug on the 18th at Royal Melbourne, all part of his mentoring of the younger players, some of whom grew up idolizing the Great White Shark.

In the weeks before the event, the five Australian players on the team – Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, Aaron Baddley, Jason Day and Allenby – spoke of their desire to win the Presidents Cup because of the effect Norman had on their careers. In Scott’s case, it was the sole reason he gave up other sports to take up golf.

“Put it this way, I’ve talked to him about more things than I’ve talked to my father,” Allenby said. Scott called Norman the Australian equivalent of what Arnold Palmer did for golf in the United States.

“I just wanted to show everybody that we do have it,” Norman said Sunday of his International team.

“We have to make sure we capitalize on that. Just because we lost doesn’t mean to say we didn’t win. At the end of the day, we have to make the Presidents Cup a better event for it.”

Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.


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Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

"The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

"He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 3, Tiger Woods

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 12:45 pm

After returning to competition at the Hero World Challenge in December 2016, Woods started the new year with an ambitious slate of tournament starts as he eyed his first full season since 2013. But he made it only three rounds, looking rusty en route to a missed cut at Torrey Pines before withdrawing abruptly in Dubai.

The “spasms” that led to that withdrawal turned out to be something far more serious, as Woods underwent his fourth and most invasive back surgery in April, a lumbar fusion. It brought with it an extensive rehabilitation, and at the Presidents Cup in September Woods humored the prospect that he might never again play competitive golf.

At Liberty National he also faced some scrutiny for an off-course incident from months prior. In May he was arrested for suspicion of DUI, an incident that produced a startling roadside video of an intoxicated Woods struggling to follow instructions from the arresting officer after driving erratically.


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While he was not drinking at the time, Woods was found to have a mix of several prescription medications in his system, including multiple painkillers. He checked himself into a private drug treatment program in July to address his dependency issues, and in October he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.

But the incident was barely a memory when Woods again made a return to competition in the Bahamas at the tournament he hosts. This time around he exceeded nearly every expectation, twice shooting 4-under 68 while tying for ninth among the 18-man field. Having re-tooled his swing following fusion surgery, Woods appeared relaxed, happy and healthy while briefly taking the lead during the tournament’s second round.

What lies ahead for Woods in 2018 remains uncertain, as the stop-and-start nature of this past season serves as a cautionary tale. But after a harrowing arrest and another serious surgery, he seems once again focused on his game, intent on chasing down a new crop of elite talent, some of whom are barely more than half his age.

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