Sabbatini expected call from Norman

Updated: September 10, 2009, 7:26 PM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

LEMONT, Ill. -- Rory Sabbatini understands being passed over by Greg Norman for the International team that will play the United States next month in the Presidents Cup.

He doesn't understand why he wasn't given a courtesy call to explain the situation.

Sabbatini, who was bumped out of one of the 10 automatic spots at the final qualifying tournament when South Korea's Y.E. Yang won the PGA Championship, was under consideration for one of the two spots that went to Japan's Ryo Ishikawa and Australia's Adam Scott.

"There was not a single conversation or a single phone call, period -- from anybody," Sabbatini said Thursday at the BMW Championship, where he shot 66 to tie for the first-round lead with Steve Marino.

"You could say I was a little disappointed."

Sabbatini, a South African who won the Byron Nelson Championship earlier this year and played on the Presidents Cup team in 2007, has missed four cuts since that victory and has no finishes among the top 30. He also missed the cut at the first two FedEx Cup playoff events.

"Obviously I've struggled over the past couple weeks, couple months, and if I'd been playing well, I'd have something to complain about," Sabbatini said.

Scott hasn't performed well since January and is in the midst of a slump that saw him drop from third in the world a year ago to 53rd at the moment. He barely qualified for the playoffs and was eliminated after the first playoff event, The Barclays.

That made Norman's selection of Scott highly suspect, although few of the players in the mix for the two at large picks distinguished themselves recently.

At the selection announcement on Tuesday, Norman said he considered players down to 31st on the Presidents Cup points list and "unfortunately& a lot of the guys lose out. At the end of the day, you hope the guys take it in the spirit of what it's all about and maybe one day they'll be sitting in our chairs like we are right now having to make these tough decisions, and I hope they respect and honor those decisions."

Bob Harig covers golf for ESPN.com.

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