Presidents Cup captain Greg Norman is hoping that Tiger Woods is on his way back to his best following his impressive finish in Melbourne.
Woods thrashed Aaron Baddeley to secure the winning point as the Americans beat the Internationals 19-15.
And Norman, who skippered the International team, is among those who would like the win to act as a catalyst Woods needs to kick-start his career.
“Tiger’s Tiger – he stepped up the plate,” Norman said.
“I said to him ‘You need golf as much as golf needs you’. We all want to see him up there.
“Any player hates to see a great player struggle. We all know what it’s like to go through the ins and outs of the game.
“You want to see the player who dominated the game come back so that when you beat him you feel like you beat him at the top of his game.”
Woods was one of Fred Couples’ two wildcards for the American team – sparking a fierce debate in the sport.
Norman had thought USPGA champion Keegan Bradley would have been a better pick, however Couples has no doubts he did the right thing.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever felt vindicated in golf in 30 years, but I feel like I know what I’m doing,” he said.
“There’s a reason I picked Tiger early. He worked hard and when a guy says ‘Don’t worry about me’ you are going to smile.
“I got frustrated a bit (by the attacks on his selection) because I felt I was picking the greatest player I’ve ever seen play.
“I heard he was the Tiger of old today and Aaron Baddeley said it was phenomenal.”
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