Price may rethink role as captain of International team

Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:49pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Nick Price said he will consider stepping down as captain of the International Presidents Cup team unless a more competitive format for the biennial team competition is introduced.

The International team has managed just one victory in 10 attempts and Price wants to see changes before committing to his captaincy role when the Ryder Cup-style event resumes in 2015 in south Korea.

"I'd love to be (captain again) but I don't know if I'd do it under the current points format," the Zimbabwean said in this week's edition of online magazine Global Golf Post.

The Americans triumphed by 18-1/2 points to 15-1/2 in the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club earlier this month. The result was close only because the Internationals dominated the final day singles matches.

Price wants six matches cut from the Presidents Cup so the event, which pits a 12-man team from the United States against a line-up of international players from outside Europe, would fall in line with the format for the Ryder Cup, which has 28 matches - eight fourballs, eight foursomes and 12 singles.

By cutting six matches, Price believes the great depth of the Americans would be somewhat negated.

But the competition is owned and operated by the PGA Tour, and Commissioner Tim Finchem has so far resisted calls for changes in the format.

"Everything I basically said to Finchem in my (pre-event) proposal came true," said Price.

"Tim probably had great intentions at the beginning to create something that was different than the Ryder Cup but now that it's 10 Presidents Cups on, why try and reinvent the wheel?"   Continued...

International Team captain Nick Price of Zimbabwe carries a two-way radio during the second practice round for the 2013 Presidents Cup golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio October 2, 2013. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes