International 2011 Presidents Cup team gets a boost

Greg NormanGREG NORMAN’S International team for the 2011 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne has received a boost with news a scheduling conflict between the cup and the South African Open will likely be averted.

On current standings, Norman could lose the top half of his team if the five leading South Africans – Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Tim Clark – were swayed by national loyalty to stay at home.

US PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem has met with his European counterpart George O’Grady to thrash out the conflict over those very important November 14 – 20 dates.

O”Grady said the European Tour would “do whatever we can” to sort the problem out and that he was hopeful of a resolution by the upcoming US Masters in early April.

The Presidents Cup will be held at Royal Melbourne Golf Club from November 14 – 20.

Norman, as captain of the International Team (the best of the rest of the world excluding Europe) will face off against US Captain Fred Couples and his team of leading American golfers.

It should be a cracker.

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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