Norman says he wouldn’t have picked Tiger Woods

Greg Norman doesn’t think much of the way Tiger Woods plays golf

these days, saying he wouldn’t have picked him to play in the

Presidents Cup.

Norman, who in a recent magazine interview said he didn’t think

Woods will win another major, told the Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press

that PGA champion Keegan Bradley would have been a more logical

choice for U.S. captain Fred Couples.

Norman is the International team captain for the Presidents Cup,

to be played Nov. 17-20 at Royal Melbourne.

”I can understand the name of a Tiger Woods and his history of

what he’s done on the golf course,” Norman said. ”But I pick the

guys who I think are ready to get in there and play and have

performed to the highest levels leading up to it.”

Couples said a month before announcing his picks that one of

them would be Woods, saying he was the ”best player forever.”

Woods hasn’t won in the last two years and has fallen out of the

top 50 for the first time since he was a 20-year-old rookie in

1996. Couples also picked FedEx Cup champion Bill Haas.

Couples said Bradley would be added to the team if Steve

Stricker’s neck injury prevents him from playing.

Couples, who won on the Champions Tour in San Antonio, stood by

his selection Sunday afternoon while dropping subtle hints that he

could also question Norman’s selections.

”I have no problem with Greg. He can say whatever he wants, but

I’m not really into that. I play golf with my clubs,” Couples said

after his seven-shot win. ”Robert Allenby is his pick, and Aaron

Baddeley, and they’re Australians and I think they’re great picks.

But I think I can sit here and say Robert Allenby hasn’t won a

tournament in 10 years.”

Allenby’s last PGA Tour win was 10 years ago in the Pennsylvania

Classic, although he has seven wins since then, including

Australian’s Triple Crown – the Masters, PGA and Open – in

2005.

”The truth is, Tiger Woods is the greatest or the

second-greatest player to ever play, and he’s going to be down in

Australia, and I hope he plays up to his capabilities,” Couples

said. ”But I think Tiger is used to getting picked on, and it’s

irrelevant to me.”

Norman made his comments Saturday while promoting his Shark

Shootout tournament at Tiburon Golf Club. Bradley is part of the

24-man field in the Shark Shootout, and Norman said he felt bad

that the 25-year-old rookie was not part of the U.S. team.

”If I was in his shoes, I would feel like I got gut-checked a

little bit,” Norman said. ”He’s a young guy. He likes the

Presidents Cup. He loves the idea of playing for his country, and

he’s not. So I feel for him.”

Woods played for the first time in nearly two months at the

Frys.com Open last week and tied for 30th.

”I just don’t think he’s swinging the golf club the way he used

to when he won all those major championships,” Norman said. ”He’s

a different player out there nowadays. He even looks tied up. He

looks more confined. I know what it takes to have freedom in a golf

swing and I just don’t think he’s technically in the right position

to do what he used to do.”

Norman’s comments are sure to add some spice to the Presidents

Cup, which the Americans have lost one only time – in 1998 at Royal

Melbourne. That year, Woods played Norman in singles and won on the

18th hole.