Decision to start with foursomes backfires on Price


INCHEON, South Korea – The second guessing has started early at the Presidents Cup.

The day’s final match wasn’t even completed and there was already a chorus of questions regarding many of International captain Nick Price’s decisions, starting with his choice of foursomes play to begin the week.

The U.S. enjoys a 15-5-1 record, including Thursday’s 4-1 rout, in foursomes at the Presidents Cup, compared to a 6-8-6 record in fourballs, prompting some to question Price’s decision to lead off the matches with a format with which his team has traditionally struggled.

“It’s going to come and get you anytime, honestly,” Price said. “It doesn’t matter when you do it, you’ve got to get it over and done with somewhere. It’s like delaying paying your taxes, you still have to pay the thing.”

Price said his team’s Day 1 deficit was more of a byproduct of nervousness from his rookies than an unfriendly format, but he did concede that it is difficult to find successful teams in alternate shot.

“Looking at the other pairings, it's a little difficult when you're doing the foursomes the first day, when you're putting guys together,” he said. “You try and figure out who is going to play well with who. I think that's been probably our Achilles heel in the International team for the longest time.”