by Jeff Skinner
Fred Couples has always made things look easy on the course. Couples is about as relaxed as a player can be and sometimes it’s hard to tell if he is leading or back in the pack. At the Champions Tour’s AT&T Championship Couples made it look real easy as he lapped the field for a seven stroke win.
Couples toasted the field at TPC San Antonio on Saturday with a 62 and his 66 on Sunday gave him his second win on the Champions Tour this year. Mark Calcavecchia also shot 66 to finish in second place.
While Couples was busy winning his opposing President Cup Captain was busy taking shots at him. At a news conference promoting his Shark Shootout, Greg Norman second guessed Couples pick of a slumping Tiger Woods.
“I wouldn’t have (picked Woods),” Norman said. “I think Keegan Bradley was much more deserving.” Norman can appreciate why Woods was selected, “I can understand the name of a Tiger Woods and his history of what he’s done on the golf course. But I pick the guys who I think are ready to get in there and play and have performed to the highest levels leading up to it.”
Maybe Norman is trying to get in the American’s heads and he wouldn’t let up. “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.”
Norman stacked his team with Aussies and is hoping for a little home field advantage but his pre-game chatter may just be the bulletin board material the American team uses to get themselves pumped up.