As the Presidents Cup is underway today, all eyes in the golf world will undoubtedly be on the featured group of Woods/Stricker vs. Ogilvy/Ishikawa. However, perhaps the biggest story waiting to happen will revolve around Greg Norman's other captain pick: Adam Scott.
Following a season that saw the young Scott fall from #3 in the world golf ranking to 65, Norman's sudden bode of confidence in the fallen star surprised many in the golf world. However, if this year's LPGA Solheim Cup showed earlier this season, redemption in one's game can be found in team-play format (just ask Michelle Wie).
Wie's impressive showing as a member of the American team at the Solheim was undoubtedly the highlight of her very young career, and the support she received from her teammates was unquestionably a heavy contributor to her success. This week's Presidents Cup could prove to be just as helpful to Adam Scott if his International teammates circle their wagons around this talented, yet struggling golf star.
When asked about his decision to bring Scott to the Presidents Cup, Norman echoed the above: "Sometimes, to me, a shot of confidence in the arm of an individual, just like giving him a spot, is what is necessary to turn him around," Norman said. "He's playing well, he's excited about being here, and he doesn't feel like there's any extra pressure on him" (PGATOUR.com, 2009).
Only time will tell if the decision to include Scott on the International team is wise for Norman, but perhaps a Cup win is only secondary to a possible rejuvenation of the game of a golf superstar.