IBF: Pick more Aussies, Greg
Greg Norman should disregard the rankings and pick more Australians for the Presidents Cup Team in November says Ian Baker-Finch.
Baker-Finch said the knowledge that players like Allenby, Appleby and Baddeley have of the Royal Melbourne layout should have them as automatic selections.
“You know those guys will just really fire up in front of their home crowd and they know those courses so well,” he said.
“Robert Allenby could play Royal Melbourne blind-folded.”
Baker-Finch said the players would go the extra mile for the team, especially playing in front of the locals.
“I would love to see all the Aussie boys, especially all the Melbourne boys like Appleby and Allenby on the team and fire up for Greg, it would mean so much for them to be there.”
“I think Ogilvy is a lock but you would make sure he is on the team too because you have to have to Melbourne boys, Baddeley as well alongside Adam Scott and Jason Day.”
Finch however added that some of them need to start improving. Currently in the Presidents Cup rankings race, Scott and Day are the only two in the top ten, while Ogilvy, Allenby and Baddeley hold positions 12-15. Appleby is way down the list in 34th spot.
“I am just hoping that the Australians start firing up so more Australians can get on the team because at the moment it is a little bit dismal,” he said.
Finch who is a respected golfing commentator with American network CBS will be in Australia working for the Nine Network.
“NBC will be broadcasting to America but I will be on 9 with Wayne Grady and Jack Newton so it will be great to be there again,” he said.
“I remember 1998 in Melbourne vividly, I was there all week and it was a tremendous atmosphere.”
While it’s hard to pick a winner so far out from the November Presidents Cup, Finch believes Tiger Woods should be on the opposing team.
“If Tiger is fit and strong and shows that his form is reasonable over the next couple of months I would definitely pick him,” he said.
“I think he doesn’t have that 15th club in the bag where he knew that he was better than everyone else and he never will.”
“But he still has what it takes to be a major winner and a champion and to be number one in the world, he is that good.”
Finch expects Tiger to get his game back on track.
“Even after all the time off I still expect him to come back and perform at a high level,” he said.
“I think if he is fit and strong and commits himself fully he will win before the end of the year.”