Presidents Cup format again comes under scrutiny

Sun Oct 6, 2013 7:46pm EDT
 
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) - The future of the Presidents Cup and a possible change to its format emerged front and center on Sunday after the United States beat the Internationals for an eighth time in 10 editions of the biennial team competition.

There has been a groundswell of opinion that the points structure should be overhauled for the event to survive and Internationals captain Nick Price has championed the need for the more compact Ryder Cup format to be adopted to ensure closer competition.

Though Price was reluctant to speak out on the topic on Sunday, preferring instead to focus on the brilliant play of the American golfers at Muirfield Village Golf Club, the debate on the merits of a format change is likely to run and run.

"I've been pretty open about what I believe should happen with the event and I don't think that's changed," said Adam Scott, who has never been on a triumphant Internationals team despite playing in the Cup for a sixth time this week.

"But our rally this week in a couple of the sessions, and particularly today (in the singles), showed how much fight we've all got in us. We all wanted this badly, and nine-and-a-half (points) is almost an unobtainable task.

"We kept it very interesting today. All of us up here are champions and we wanted to be champions, and we gave it a good shake," said the Australian, this year's Masters champion.

The Internationals had faced a daunting task going into the concluding 12 singles matches, requiring 10 points to pull off a miracle comeback, but they exceeded most people's expectations by winning seven-and-a-half against a potent U.S. lineup.

Asked whether there were any changes he would like to see with regard to the Presidents Cup format, Price replied: "Oh, yes, there's lots of changes I would like to see but I don't think we should discuss those now.   Continued...

 
Hunter Mahan of the U.S. (L) shakes hands with International team captain Nick Price of Zimbabwe after he and Brandon Snedeker defeated International team players Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, both of South Africa, in their four ball match at the 2013 Presidents Cup golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio October 5, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT GOLF)