After Further Review: Price's tweaks show promise


Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on Nick Price's Presidents Cup tweaks, Bill Haas' emotional moment with his dad and the fallout from the first Presidents Cup in Asia.

If the Presidents Cup develops into a compelling contest, even a fraction of the drama created by the Ryder Cup, we'll all have Nick Price to thank.

It was Price, after all, whose dogged determination finally led to a format tweak and reduction in overall points. The American advantage near the bottom of the roster was neutralized, and the result this week in Korea was the competition's most exciting duel in 12 years.

Granted, a narrow American win does not signal the change that an International victory, or even a tie, might have created. A lopsided U.S. win at Liberty National in two years' time could rekindle questions of the event's long-term viability.

But for now, the door is slightly ajar. The vision that this event could overcome a slow start to evolve into a back-and-forth battle as the Ryder Cup did remains alive.

It's a shift that probably would not have occurred were it not for Price's insistence on revising the format. The captain is now 0-2, but he still may someday be credited with saving the event. – Will Gray

A big salute to Bill Haas.

There was much angst in Boston at the Deutsche Bank Championship a few weeks ago, with Haas trying to secure a spot on the American Presidents Cup team. He was in such an awkward spot, wanting to play for his father, rightfully believing he belonged on the team, but being forced to make his own case as a captain’s pick.

You could feel Bill’s discomfort there -- he’s such a humble guy -- but he got to enjoy delivering for his father, who was so emotional after the American victory.

Watching Bill deliver the winning point in the final match was a memorable Presidents Cup moment for more than the Haas’ family. – Randall Mell

It’s logistically difficult and the international date line dulls the event’s appeal back in the United States, but the PGA Tour’s decision to take it’s marquee team event on the road to South Korea was inspired.

The fan support of the Presidents Cup was beyond impressive, with large crowds swarming Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea even when conditions turned cold and wet on the weekend.

If growing golf is, as officials contend, a primary goal for these events, then shopping the Presidents Cup around is one of the best means to an end. It may be worth changing the event’s promotional phrase to, “Have Presidents Cup, will travel.” – Rex Hoggard