Presidents Cup format change sounds unlikely

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DUBLIN, Ohio – If you’re a fan of the International Presidents Cup team, the media center at Muirfield Village was not exactly a friendly room on Wednesday.

International captain Nick Price and team staple Ernie Els have been vocal in their support of a format change for this year’s matches that would reduce the number of team matches from 22 to something closer to the number used at the Ryder Cup (16).

“We’re still talking about that,” U.S. captain Jay Haas said. “I think in the near future the decision will be made and we’ll let you know soon, but we’re still in discussion about that.”

Luckily for Price & Co., Memorial host and four-time U.S. Presidents Cup captain Jack Nicklaus is not making the decision on the potential change.

“What the Presidents Cup does is that every player plays every day; you can’t hide a player. I love that,” Nicklaus said. “I thought the American team was stronger than the European [Ryder Cup] team, and the world team was stronger than the European team. The European team kicks the rear end of the Americans every time in the Ryder Cup and we’ve won [eight out of 10] Presidents Cups.”