Couples, Norman lead Presidents Cup teams

Feb. 26, 2008 at 3:18 PM
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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Fred Couples will lead the U.S. team and Greg Norman will captain the international team for the 2009 Presidents Cup golf event.

Couples takes the place of Jack Nicklaus, who was 2-1-1 as the U.S. captain, including a 19.5-14.5 win last September. Norman replaces Gary Player, who was 0-2-1 while the international team captain.

"While it may not be easy to replace two legends such as Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, I know both Fred and Greg step into this role with a strong passion, commitment and desire to continue the outstanding legacy Jack, Gary and all the previous captains have created for The Presidents Cup," PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem said.

Couples is a four-time Presidents Cup participant and was 9-5-2 in the competition.

Norman is 7-6-1 over three Presidents Cups.

The next Presidents Cup is to be contested Oct. 5-11, 2009, at the Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco.

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