Fred Couples and Greg Norman are team captains (as they were for the 2009 matches), Couples of the US Team and Norman of the International Team. Norman will get his shot at evening the score from the 2009 Cup at Harding Park in San Francisco, where the US won convincingly 19.5 to 14.5.
The 2011 Presidents Cup takes place in Australia at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Nov. 18-20, 2011.
This isn’t the President’s Cup first trip to Australia’s Royal Melbourne. In 1998 Jack Nicklaus led American Team was trounced by the International Team by an amazing 9 point margin 20.5 to 11.5.
The 2011 Presidents Cup Teams:
Fred Couples made one of his Captain’s Pick known a few weeks in advance this year in order to eliminate the press questions aimed at him about whether or not Tiger would be on the team.
“There is no reason for me to wait till Sept. 26 to pick Tiger. He’s the best player in the world forever.” “I don’t know how you can criticize someone for choosing Tiger Woods. If he goes there and doesn’t play well I would be shocked. I have a pairing for him. He deserves to be on the team.”
Couple’s temporarily rounded out the 12 man team on Sept. 26th by choosing Bill Haas. Haas should come into the event with a lot of confidence having just won the 2011 PGA Tour Championship and the 2011 FedEx Cup, totaling a cool $11,400,000 pay day.
The temporary part of that is, the fact that Steve Stricker who made the team on points, may not be ready to play due to neck issues by November. In the event Stricker doesn’t get healthy it is likely Couples will choose to substitute the PGA Champion Keegan Bradley.
Greg Norman’s International Team
Greg Norman wasted no time stacking the team with a pair of Aussies who are very familiar with Royal Melbourne. Aaron Baddeley and Robert Allenby. Allenby has not had a great 2011 but Baddeley is fresh off a Top 5 finish at the Tour Championship and a win earlier in the year at the Sony Open.