Given the USA team have Michael Jordan, may I make a crazy suggestion – Shane Warne.
Aside from choosing the match-ups I don’t really know what the captain does, let alone a captain’s assistant. Fred Couples chose Jordan as captain’s assistant for the 2009 Presidents Cup in San Francisco and he will be back in the same role in Melbourne this November.
It is hard to know exactly what Jordan actually does for the USA, but his mere presence does bring with him an extra level of greatness to the team which also creates more public interest in the event.
Norman should perhaps consider Warne for the role in the international team, or should at least grant him an interview. I don’t think there is anything Jordan can do as a captain’s assistant that Warnie can’t. Both legends love the game of golf, and there are a number of categories where Warnie matches up well with MJ:
Both these guys have some sort of kavorka going on (not to mention lots of money), but perhaps Jordan has been a little more discreet about it over the years. It is hard to know whether this will bolster female interest in the Presidents Cup or turn them away.
Either way, Warne can hold his own against Jordan in this category. I, for one, think it would be nice to see Liz Hurley floating around the fairways of Royal Melbourne too.
4. Player rapport
5. Mobile phones
Warnie has this one over Jordan for sure. As hard as MJ can try, he will never beat the fat-fingered Warne in a texting match-up. Warne can text, leave voice messages or tweet the wrong thing without even trying. This will surely be great publicity for the Presidents Cup when Warnie fires off a few regrettable text messages and tweets before fronting the press to apologise before the first tee shot.
C’mon Greg, give him a go!