Fewer points on offer at Presidents Cup in format change

Mon Aug 24, 2015 6:46pm EDT
 
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) - Format changes including fewer points will be introduced to the Presidents Cup later this year in South Korea, bringing it more in line with the Ryder Cup, the PGA Tour announced on Monday.

The total number of points on offer at the biennial team competition will be reduced from 34 to 30 and each player will be required to take part in only two of the first four sessions, as opposed to three of four in the past.

The number of matches on each of the first two days will be reduced from six to five and on Saturday, the third day, four four-ball and four foursome matches will be played instead of the previous five and five.

In other changes, matches that are all square after 18 holes will be halved, instead of going into extra holes as before, and the order of the match format on Thursday and Friday will be decided by the host team's captain.

"...the International team has been advocating for a reduction in total points while the U.S. team felt strongly that the Presidents Cup format should remain as it has been," PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement.

"After numerous meetings and discussions, it was apparent that both captains felt passionate about their respective positions, as did their potential team members.

"But with no clear consensus between the two sides, it was up to me to make a decision that would be best for the event overall."

International captain Nick Price, whose 12-man team will take on holders the United States at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon from Oct. 8-11, has long argued for a reduction in team matches to aid competitive balance.   Continued...