DORAL, Fla. – The U.S. Ryder Cup team has lost the last three matches by a combined seven points and created a task force to address what is widely considered a competitive free fall.
By comparison, the International Presidents Cup team has dropped the last three matches by a combined 12 points and, well ... seems to have embraced the status quo for this year’s matches.
“I’m the task force on our team,” International captain Nick Price smiled on Wednesday at Doral when he named Tony Johnstone and Mark McNulty assistants for this year’s matches.
That not to say Price hasn’t been working to find a way to make the matches, which have been won by the U.S. side eight out of 10 times, more competitive.
Price had a conference call with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem earlier this year to propose, again, a change to the point structure for the matches.
Essentially, Price has been lobbying Finchem and the Tour to reduce the number of matches played from 34 to 28, like they do at the Ryder Cup.
“It’s interesting, when you look at the Ryder Cup and what’s been going on with the task force, they haven’t mentioned changing the points structure which to me obviously means that’s a wonderful recipe they have there,” Price said. “I think it will be nice if we could get similar to that.”