Norman’s job gets tougher and tougher
Monday, September 7, 2009
NORTON, Mass. — International Presidents Cup captain Greg Norman, if he happens to be watching the Deutsche Bank Championship while out on the yacht today, at least has to be buoyed by two of his players showing some signs of life. Angel Cabrera shot a nice little 65 (though he failed to birdie the par-5 18th), and Geoff Ogilvy made eagle at the par-5 finishing hole to finish alone in seventh. It marked only his second top 10 since Houston (Memorial being the other).
Norman would have been far more enamored with the DBC leaderboard here a year ago: In order, it read: 1. Vijay Singh; 2. Mike Weir; T3. Ernie Els and Camilo Villegas. Singh went on to win the FedEx Cup, and Villegas won his first two Tour victories back to back. Too bad it was a Ryder Cup year, eh?
This time around, Singh is headed home after two rounds of the playoffs and Els, though he seemed to be hitting stride when he returned here this week, missed the cut. Weir opened strongly at TPC Boston, but closed with pedestrian rounds of 72-70. Y.E. Yang, who made the team with his PGA triumph, struggled to a closing 75 on Monday. Villegas (74) finished the tournament at even par.
But hey, he won the pro-am.
Tomorrow, Norman will make his two captain’s picks, and you have to think Japanese youngster Ryo Ishikawa is going to be one of them. The next pick could be an adventure. He ought to consider Michael Sim, the Nationwide Tour player who has three victories in 2009 and is as hot as anyone. Or the way some of the wild-card candidates are playing... what the heck? The Shark might as well throw his own sticks on the plane and name himself to the team.