Thomson will pick Norman regardless

Greg Norman will be in the Presidents Cup side, even if he fails to qualify

Tue, 23 May 2000

Presidents Cup International Captain Peter Thomson will name Greg Norman to this year's Presidents Cup side even if he doesn't qualify with his ranking. Norman has slipped outside the automatic top ten places to 14th in the International team standings.

But Thomson said Norman will be one of the two picks the captain is allowed to make if he fails to qualify automatically as one of the top 10.

"It seems inconceivable there would be a Presidents Cup without Greg Norman,'' said Thomson, who believes the former world No.1 could still qualify automatically.
"I think that during the next few tournaments where there are huge points at stake, such as the British Open and the U.S. Open, he'll be back in the top 10. We need him in the team and certainly he's always been very keen to play.'' This year's matches will be played at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Lake Manassas from Oct. 19th to 22nd.

Thomson's International side is the defending champion after beating the United States at Royal Melbourne in 1998.

The International standings are led by Vijay Singh, the Masters champion, followed by Ernie Els, Nick Price and Carlos Franco. Japan's Shigeki Maruyama, the hit of the 1998 contest after going through the tournament without losing a match, is in sixth place.



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