Norman defends Allenby as captain's pick


After going 0-4 in the Presidents Cup, Robert Allenby turned out to be the most suspect of the four captain's picks made by Greg Norman and Fred Couples.

On Tuesday, Greg Norman defended his appointment of Allenby.

'I would never go back and change it. I would still select Rob,' Norman said, according to 'The way his credentials were, leading up to the final selection, no question about it – he would be my man.'

Selected because of his success at host Royal Melbourne, the Australian became the second captain's pick in Presidents Cup history to go winless. John Huston was the other in 1998.

Norman implied Allenby may have been pressing too hard to contribute on a course he loves and in front of a partisan home crowd.

'I think there are times that you come to a golf course you love so much,' Norman said. 'I know I had that problem around Royal Melbourne – I wanted to win before I actually won there.'

Allenby lost 7 and 5 to David Toms in his Sunday singles match – the most lopsided of the dozen matches.

With his performance at Royal Melbourne, Allenby now holds an 8-17-3 record in six Presidents Cups.