Cup needs to be 'very competitive,' says Price

Tue Oct 1, 2013 7:18pm EDT
 
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) - Nick Price was reluctant to describe this week's Presidents Cup as a 'must-win' for his International team but he knows how important it is for United States dominance to be broken in the biennial competition.

The Internationals have beaten the U.S. only once in nine editions of the Ryder Cup-style event, losing all four of the most recent encounters, and need to make this week "very competitive," according to Price.

"All of us who've been involved in the Presidents Cup know how important this one is," International captain Price said during a news conference at Muirfield Village Golf Club on Tuesday where both teams were practising.

"I wouldn't say it's a must-win. That's a hard thing to put on anyone. But this one needs to be competitive.

"More important than anything else, this Presidents Cup needs to be very competitive because the last four ... I honestly believe they have not been that competitive."

Price represented the Internationals in the first five Presidents Cups, including 1998 in Melbourne when the U.S. were beaten and 2003 in South Africa when the trophy was shared.

"When we started out with the Presidents Cup, the initial guys, myself and Greg (Norman) and Ernie (Els), we so enjoyed watching the Ryder Cup and so wanted to be a part of the Ryder Cup-type format," said former world number one Price.

"And then the Presidents Cup came along and that was fantastic. The first couple were pretty exciting but as we have seen in the last decade, since 2003, it just has not been as competitive as we would like.   Continued...

 
International captain Nick Price, of Zimbabwe, speaks at a press conference during the first practice round for the 2013 Presidents Cup golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio October 1, 2013. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes