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Price still adamant Prez Cup needs format change

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Nick Price is not backing down from his stance that the Presidents Cup format needs a major overhaul.

In fact, he told Global Golf Post over the weekend that although he would love to captain the International squad again, he would be reluctant to accept the job unless something is done to make the matches more competitive.

Three weeks ago, the Price-led International team dropped to 1-8-1 in the biennial competition after an 18 ½ to 15 ½ loss to the Americans at Muirfield Village. The matches weren’t as close as the final score indicated, as the visitors needed to win 9 ½ of the available 12 points in singles.

That has Price, once again, hoping for change.

Price and Ernie Els had previously approached Tim Finchem with the idea to trim the number of available points from 34 to 28, but the commissioner balked. That’s the model used at the Ryder Cup. It would eliminate six of the two-man team matches and allow the captains to sit four players per session, thus adding some elements of strategy. Price & Co. also believe it would reduce the Americans’ perceived advantage in depth.

“It’s not a question of hiding players,” he said, according to the report. “It’s putting our best eight forward. Nobody wants to sit out here. It’s like American sport, ‘Everyone tried hard so let’s give everyone a trophy.’ That’s not what sport is about.”

As for whether he would captain the team again, whether that’s in 2015 in South Korea or beyond, Price told Global Golf Post: “I’d love to be (captain again) but I don’t know if I’d do it under the current points format. Hopefully they’ll do something about it. We’ll see.”