Nick Price, Ernie Els rejected on Presidents Cup changes

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Nick Price will be the captain of the 2013 International Presidents Cup team.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, March 08, 2013 | 7:21 a.m.


The Presidents Cup -- the biennial team competition that pits the U.S. against the Internationals (players from everywhere but Europe are eligible) -- has been incredibly lopsided since its inception in 1994.
In nine matches, the U.S. has won seven times, lost just once and famously tied at the 2003 matches in South Africa.
Let's face it, with the U.S. dominance in the event -- pretty much the opposite of its Ryder Cup results lately -- you'd think it'd be time to make a change.
At least that's what 2013 International Team Presidents Cup Captain Nick Price and International star Ernie Els thought.
Price and Els proposed a plan to PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem to try and making the playing field a bit more even.'s Alex Miceli explains:
DORAL, Fla. -- It seems the Presidents Cup will retain the format some say is skewed toward a U.S. victory when the International and U.S. teams make the September trip to Muirfield Village in Ohio for the 10th Presidents Cup.
While captain of the International team, Greg Norman said that the format needs to be changed to make the International 12 more competitive. Since then, he and current captain Nick Price, as well as Ernie Els and others, have pitched an amended format to PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and U.S. captain Fred Couples. Price finds the rejection to be clear.
"The issue to all of us is dead and buried," Price said.
Because of the International team's lack of depth, Price has advocated more of a Ryder Cup format with four matches in the alternate shot, rather than six on day one and five on day two.
“Our team doesn't quite have the depth that the American team has,” seven–time participant Els said Wednesday, a day after a meeting on the subject. “Their last player in is about where my (world) ranking is, 25, 26 in the world. Right now I'm like No. 4 on the team.
"The more points we play for, the worse off we are. The Ryder Cup, they play for 28 points; we play for 34.”
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