Norman puts faith in fellow Aussie

IAN HUTCHINSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

Greg Norman has set himself up to be either the Great White Shark feeding on those who second-guessed his Presidents Cup captain's picks, or prey for critics who shook their heads in disbelief over his selections of Japanese youngster Ryo Ishikawa and fellow Aussie Adam Scott to the International team last week.

Why few have gnawed on the International side's pitiful 1-5-1 overall Presidents Cup record the way they did the Americans' poor showing in recent Ryder Cups until last year remains a mystery, but that may change after the 2009 Presidents Cup is played next month at Harding Park in San Francisco.

The main beef is not so much with charismatic and talented Ishikawa, but Norman's selection of Scott, which some say is blatant favouritism for a fellow countryman.

Most felt Rory Sabbatini, bumped out of an automatic spot on the team at the last minute by Y.E. Yang's remarkable PGA Championship performance, would be in the mix.

Scott, on the other hand, fell from No. 3 to 53 in the world in just over a year, including a 2009 season that has seen him miss 10 cuts in 18 events.

Now, it's up to Scott, who has a 7-6-2 record in three Presidents Cups, to make the Shark look like the Wonderful Wizard of Oz and, even though Scott's play this year does not suggest that's likely, such stories have been written in the past.

Mike Weir was a political choice by Gary Player for the 2007 Presidents Cup, which was being played for the first time in Canada at Royal Montreal.

At the time, Weir hadn't won in over three years and was struggling through injuries and swing changes.

He finished 20th in Presidents Cup standings that year, but it was felt he needed to be on the team for an event in Canada, even if Calgary's Stephen Ames finished higher (16th) in the standings.

Under the microscope, Weir not only performed admirably, but became the International team's engine with a 3-1-1 overall record, including his memorable win over Tiger Woods in Sunday singles.

Comfort at Q-school

Angela Buzminski still has a date at LPGA Tour qualifying school, but it's not as intimidating as it once was for the Oshawa golfer.

After finishing 64th on the Duramed Futures Tour money list in 2008, Buzminski rocketed up the standings to seventh this year, a season in which she won once and had five top-10 finishes to earn conditional LPGA Tour status. She hopes to improve on that at Q-school.

"You swing one way for however many years and then decide the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, so I had to make the jump to try and do something different."


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