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There's a reason Greg Norman's nickname is "The Shark."
The Presidents Cup International team captain said Saturday that if he were making selections for the U.S. squad, PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley, not Tiger Woods, would have been on his team.
"No, I wouldn't have (picked Tiger), to tell you the truth," Norman said after announcing the field for his Shark Shootout silly season tournament in December. "I think Keegan Bradley was much more deserving of one of the two spots that were available. He's a major championship winner; he's won a couple of times this year."
Norman went on to explain his reasoning.
"I can understand the name of Tiger Woods and his history of what he's done on the golf course. But me, as a captain, I pick the guys I think who are ready to get in there and play, who have performed to the highest of levels leading up to it."
When U.S. Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples used one of his picks on Woods, it sparked some controversy, especially since Couples revealed his intentions a month prior to the deadline for making the announcement.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."
Given Woods' lack of recent form -- he has plummeted to 52 in the World Ranking -- or even tournament starts, passing over the former world No. 1 wasn't out of the question. Last week, Woods tied for 30th at the Frys.com Open, a Fall Finish event on the PGA Tour that lacked top-tier players that Woods traditionally tees it up against.
"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."
Couples has said that if Steve Stricker can't play at Royal Melbourne for the biennial matches due to a neck injury, the vacated roster spot would go to Bradley.
"If I was in (Bradley's) 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."
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.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.