Price eyes more competitive Presidents Cup

Tue Oct 6, 2015 2:00am EDT
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By Peter Rutherford

INCHEON, South Korea (Reuters) - International captain Nick Price predicted a wonderful week of entertaining golf for fans at the Presidents Cup on Tuesday, but after a decade of demoralizing defeats he would surely settle for winning ugly against another powerful United States team.

Such has been the United States' dominance in the biennial team event critics have begun to label it an "exhibition" rather than a true competitive encounter. And with eight U.S. wins and one tie in the 10 previous editions, it would be hard to argue the Presidents Cup has been nothing short of one-sided.

While the PGA Tour bristles at the exhibition tag, it has moved to level the playing field by reducing the total number of points on offer to 30 from 34, which blunts the stronger team's advantage as the weakest players do not compete as often.

Price, returning as captain after being at the helm of the 2013 defeat at Muir field Village, Ohio, said a string of five straight defeats had had an effect on some of his players but the format change had rekindled their enthusiasm.

"Some of the veterans who have played in numerous Presidents Cups, they have had a tough time in the past... because it's been a bit one-sided," Price said.

"So I think that's changed and with the points change now I think the guys are looking forward to this a lot more than any

of the previous two or three.

"I think we've seen in the past that the Presidents Cup needs more excitement. It needs to be more -- it needs to be more closely contested. Certainly most of us on the International Team feel that that hasn't been the case the last five or six Presidents Cups."   Continued...

International team captain, Nick Price listens to a reporter's question at a news conference during the 2015 Presidents Cup golf tournament at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, October 6, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji