Price asks for a second chance after Internationals lose

Mon Oct 7, 2013 1:14am EDT
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By Julian Linden

DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) - Beaten but unbowed after a grueling week that ended in defeat, Nick Price said he would love another chance to captain the International team at the Presidents Cup.

His first assignment in charge ended in failure on Sunday when his team was beaten by a powerful American side that played at the peak of their powers.

But the Zimbabwean said the disappointment of defeat had only whetted his appetite for more and he would happily take on the job again.

"This was just a phenomenal week for all of us and I want to congratulate the U.S. team. They played golf that was just incredible to watch," Price said.

"They combined well, but for this team, I would be honored if they ever asked me to be captain of this team again, don't care where it is."

As a player, Price competed in five Presidents Cups but said none of those experiences had prepared him for the unique challenges he faced as captain.

His team, which comprised players from six different countries, only came together for this first time this week and Price's prime role of trying to match the best combinations was made even more difficult because of torrential rain during the tournament.

The heavy downpours caused havoc with the schedule and forced a backlog of matches. With tournament organizers forced to make up time, the players had to arrive at the Muirfield Village Golf Club before dawn and stay until after dusk.   Continued...

International captain Nick Price (R) congratulates U.S. captain Fred Couples after the U.S. won the 2013 Presidents Cup golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio October 6, 2013. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes