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February 29 2012

7:50 PM

Norman leans to ‘positive’ on captaincy

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

Greg Norman says he hasn't been asked to return for a third term as captain of the International Team for The Presidents Cup. Yet.

But unlike Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, who said "I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected," when queried about the 1884 presidential election, Norman definitely left the possibility open on Wednesday during a press conference prior to The Honda Classic pro-am. (Hey, it's an election year so let us have a little fun.)

If the call comes, Norman said he would probably lean "more to the positive than the negative side."

The 2013 Presidents Cup will be played at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, where the World Golf Hall of Famer from Australia won the Memorial Tournament in 1990 and '95. Interestingly, the man who captained the U.S. side in the last two Presidents Cups, Fred Couples, is also a former champion at Muirfield Village, capturing the tournament in 1998.

Norman said the subject came up during a conversation with one of his vice captains, Frank Nobilo, at dinner Tuesday night. Norman asked Nobilo whether he would assist him for the third time -- should the opportunity arise -- and the Kiwi turned the tables on the Aussie.

"I said, 'Well, I haven't really thought about it to tell you the truth,'" Norman said. "Probably the most powerful moment for me as a player ... who didn't play an event, was what the response was from the players on the Sunday night of The Presidents Cup in Australia, what Ernie Els said; what everybody else echoed, that they would like to have me back.
   
"To me, that meant a lot to me. But you walk away from there saying, well, there's other people in line. But time is on their side, because there's always going to be another Presidents Cup and stuff like that.

“So to really answer your question, if I was asked to do it again, I would sit back and I would think about it, because it's a two-year commitment. The inevitable answer to that question would probably be leaning more to the positive than the negative side."

Norman said he's done "zero" lobbying for the job. "I enjoyed doing it," he said. "Muirfield, I love the golf course, I've won around there, makes sense. I know I've put some thought processes to the betterment of The Presidents Cup for the International Team. So if I get asked again, it would be an honor. But if I don't get asked again, I won't get jolted for it, that's for sure." 

During an interview at the Northern Trust Open, Couples said he had talked with PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem and other officials about returning. He called serving as captain "more fun than playing" and said he "would love to do it again, sure."

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