Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Norman adds Aussies to team

Greg Norman has added Australian duo Aaron Baddeley and Robert Allenby to his International team for November's Presidents Cup, which will be held at the Royal Melbourne Course. Allenby was instrumental to the Internationals only win in this tournament, coincidentally also held at the Royal Melbourne Course, back in 1998 and Norman will be hoping his Aussie compatriot can repeat that success this time around.

Baddeley's selection was a more closely run thing, with fellow Aussie John Senden also very much in Norman's thinking. In the end and it was Baddeley's impressive performance at last week's FedEx Cup, where the 30-year old finished just one shot behind away from being part of the play-off between Hunter Mahan and eventual winner Bill Haas. Baddeley and Allenby will join fellow Aussies Adam Scott, Jason Day and Geoff Ogilvy in Norman's final line-up. People placing golf major bets will be impressed by the line up.

Norman admitted that the fact the tournament will be held Down Under was a major reason for his decision to include such a large Aussie presence in the side. The captain also explained his decision behind opting for Baddeley over Senden. Fans of golf betting should bear this in mind.

"Knowing we were playing in the backyard of Australia I wanted to load up the team with as many Aussies as I possibly could," he said.

"The way Aaron and John Senden performed at the Tour Championship, I put them on notice that whoever played the best would get the final nod and Aaron put on a tremendous performance there."

"The reason I picked Robert is his performances around Royal Melbourne over the years have been extraordinary... he was an automatic pick for me."

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