Nick Price wants Presidents Cup to use same format as Ryder Cup
Last Updated: 31/07/13 12:08pm
Nick Price: Concerned the Presidents Cup will struggle to survive
Nick Price believes the Presidents Cup organisers should consider overhauling the competiton format to produce a closer contest.
The are 34 points on offer at the biennial contest between the United States and the International team, which will be captained by the Zimbabwean at Muirfield Village in Ohio in October.
A number of the previous nine Presidents Cup clashes have been one-sided affairs - with the United States winning seven of them - and Price has called for a similar format to the Ryder Cup, in which there are six fewer matches.
"In order for the Presidents Cup to really go to the next level, it's got to become more consistently competitive," said Price.
"That is what's lacking. Until such time as that happens, I don't want to say it's going to flounder but it's not going to get to the next level. And everything needs to get to the next level to survive.
"American players have always been a little bit anti at the Ryder Cup, saying, 'Oh, the Europeans are sitting out those players because they are not playing very well.' Well this is the glass half-full, half-empty syndrome
"When you've only got four pairings and you've got 12 guys to choose from, that's a lot easier because you take your best players.
"The Europeans put out the eight best players they can. It would be really interesting to see if the Ryder Cup was played under the Presidents Cup points system what the outcome would be."
Price and Ernie Els put the idea of a change of format to PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, who has opted to retain the 34-match schedule for this year's contest.
"Initially Tim was receptive and then he phoned me back three weeks later and said he wasn't prepared to change," added Price. "He didn't think it needed a change. Ernie and I were really disappointed with the outcome.
"It's hard because our bottom four players play more than the bottom four players in the Ryder Cup. It's a different format, but it's all about momentum.
"We are all competitors and the Presidents Cup has got to be more closely contested. Play it like the Ryder Cup - four-four matches the first two days, then do 12 on Sunday. That would be a really wonderful way to go."