Norman: 'Cut out the hearts' of US team

BY foxsports • November 13, 2011

Presidents Cup captain Greg Norman wants his players to toss friendships aside at Royal Melbourne this week and be prepared "to cut out an American rival's heart and present it to him on the 18th hole."

The former world No.1 said that was his approach to duels with rivals such as the late Seve Ballesteros, and he expects his 12-man International team will feel something similar against Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and the rest of the Americans when the teams event starts Thursday.

The Internationals are looking to win the Presidents Cup for the first time since 1998.

"I believe that in an individual sport, when you walked on to the first tee or into the arena, everybody was your enemy," Norman said. "I learned very early on that friendships are great. But it is hard to keep a close friendship if you are both in the top five in the world."

Norman also flagged the likely prospect of world No. 8 Adam Scott, with his caddie Steve Williams, playing in a pairing against Woods in foursomes or fourball, a contest that will take on an extra dimension given Williams' "black a**hole" slur last week.

"If it happens, it happens," Norman said. "It is not going to be premeditated. I asked Adam if it worked out that way, did he have a problem with it. He said, 'Not at all. I'll play him and win a point for you,'" Norman said.

"He might end up playing with him every day, who knows? I'd expect them to meet sometime from Thursday."

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