AKRON, Ohio – This year’s Presidents Cup already looms large, as the International squad will look to turn the tide in an event dominated recently by their American counterparts. Following the final round at Firestone Country Club, though, Masters champion Adam Scott cranked up the heat on his International teammates.
“I think the Cup loses any credibility whatsoever if they don’t start winning soon,” he said of the International Team after firing a 1-over 71 Sunday to finish in a tie for 14th at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. “Because it’s essentially an exhibition, you know, it’s not a competition. That’s what it’s shown the last four times, I’d say.”
Though the matches at Muirfield Village will mark the Aussie’s sixth Presidents Cup appearance, he has yet to partake in a victory as the United States holds a 7-1-1 all-time advantage. Following a 17-17 tie in 2003, the Americans have won each of the last four competitions by at least three points, a trend that Scott reiterated must be reversed quickly for the event to become competitive.
“I think it’s crucial. We have to win this year,” he continued. “It looks like an exhibition and it has little relevance, to me. And that’s not good, because it’s a great event.”
Earlier this year, Scott joined International captain Nick Price in lobbying PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem to allow the event to utilize the format used in the Ryder Cup, where captains must start only eight players in each of the first four sessions rather than a full roster of 12. The request was subsequently denied, a decision that Scott termed “disappointing” Sunday.
“I don’t know what’s wrong with playing a Ryder Cup-style format, which seems to get an incredible result every time. I don’t know what’s wrong with that,” added Scott, who holds a 10-13-2 individual record in the Presidents Cup. “I don’t think there’s a team sport in the world where everyone has to go out on the field; you always have a bench. There’s some strategy in that.”