Price eyes Akron meeting for Cup points change

Mon Aug 3, 2015 2:06pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For International captain Nick Price, the future of the Presidents Cup is hanging in the balance and could hinge on the outcome of a meeting in Akron, Ohio this week with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem.

Price has long argued that the biennial team competition, which has been dominated by the United States, should overhaul its points system and playing format and contest fewer team matches by adopting the structure used by the Ryder Cup.

Two years ago, Price and South African Ernie Els, a veteran now of eight Presidents Cups as a player, found Finchem initially receptive but the Tour commissioner phoned Price back just three weeks later to say he had changed his mind.

Consequently the status quo, where 22 team matches are contested before Sunday singles, and U.S. dominance at the Presidents Cup, continues.

"We have a meeting with the commissioner on Wednesday at the WGC-Bridgestone tournament and that's to discuss some of the changes that we have been trying to get," Zimbabwean Price, 58, told Reuters in a telephone interview.

"I am still optimistic that we will change it, that we will change the points. I just don't know by how much. It's such a huge difference. I don't think the Ryder Cup would have been as successful if they had the Presidents Cup format.

"Those 22 points in the (Presidents Cup) team matches make it very easy for one team to get so far ahead that it takes all the excitement out of the Sunday singles," said Price, a three-times major winner.

A total of 34 points is on offer at the Presidents Cup, which pits a 12-man team from the U.S. against a line-up of international players from outside Europe, while 28 points are available at the Ryder Cup, where the U.S. take on Europe.   Continued...