Captain Greg Norman lobbies for changes at next Presidents Cup

November 20, 2011
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MELBOURNE, Australia — He may have had his run as Presidents Cup captain, but Greg Norman wants to leave his mark on future editions of the biennial event.
Norman, who reiterated that he was unlikely to take on the role again after a second straight loss to Fred Couples, wants the International captain to have two extra player picks in future competitions.
Norman will again raise the subject of expanding the number of captain’s picks to four for the International team when he sends a report of the past week to the PGA Tour.
He also wants the host nation to have the option to vary the foursomes and four-ball programs when the Cup is played outside the United States.
The losing captain admitted the foursomes "let us down.'' The Americans dominated the two alternate-shot sessions, winning 8 points out of 11, in their 19-15 win. It's now a whopping 52-30-13 edge through the Cup's 17-year history.
Norman said he raised the idea of  extra captain's picks with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem after the 2009 competition.
"I make a very valid case for it, too,” he said. “The basis of golfers where the International team comes from outside of Europe is about 300 million strong population-wise. So the captain has a much more diverse cross-section of a base of golfers to go to.
"And we don't get to play week-in, week-out like the Americans do with the Americans all the time. So for the future captains, we need to have the opportunity as International captain to balance out our players.”
Norman said he had been concerned about the foursomes matches, which cost the International team any chance to win the Cup, and lobbied for the option of starting with fourballs next time.
"We do get our cage rattled a bit in the foursomes matches,” he said. “What's wrong with the host nation having choice of the format, anyway? It would add to the flavor of the event.”
South African Ernie Els agreed that the International team should be allowed to start with the fourball matches when the Cup is staged in South Korea in 2015.
"We're so bad at it, and every year we start the Presidents Cup with foursomes,” Els said. “If we have a home-field advantage, why don't we start with something different?”