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The Presidents Cup has a new format – What do you think?

The Presidents Cup has a new format – What do you think?
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The Presidents Cup has long been the poor cousin to the Ryder Cup.  

The Rest of the World team has not had much success, and most meetings have been one-sided.  Several years ago, when the Ryder Cup was Great Britain vs. the USA,  Jack Nicklaus and Seve Ballesteros decided that to grow the game internationally, Europe should combine with Great Britain to face off against the USA.  The rest is history!  The Ryder Cup is one of the most-watched golf events throughout the world!
Nick Price (Captain of the Rest of the World team) has his own ideas on making the format more exciting and getting people involved in watching these great players complete for their countries.  I think he has succeeded.  Brendan Mohler of reveals Nick’s groundbreaking ideas!
The Presidents Cup has a new format

(Photo by Caryn Levy/PGA TOUR)

The United States has dominated the Presidents Cup since the event was first played in 1994. But with the new changes to the PGA Tour’s format today, lasting domination may become slightly more difficult to maintain.

In short, the changes will involve fewer points up for grabs.

And less matches altogether, which, as International Team captain Nick Price argued recently, should help to even out the playing field and create more excitement during the matches.

  • Total points available reduced from 34 to 30, with five four-ball matches and five foursome matches on Thursday and Friday, instead of six and six. Four four-ball matches and four foursome matches will be played on Saturday, instead of five and five.
  • Each player must compete in two of the first four sessions, with every player competing in Sunday singles. Team members were previously required to play in three of four foursome/four-ball portions.
  • The host team’s captain will determine the order of the matches on Thursday and Friday. In South Korea, it will be Price’s decision which format (either foursomes or four-ball) they will play on Thursday and Friday.
  • Any match that ends 18 holes all-square will not be taken to sudden death, as they were in the past, but instead will end with each team being awarded a half point, like the Ryder Cup.

The changes will make the Presidents Cup format more similar to that of the Ryder Cup and help create more dramatic finishes.

Check all the changes scheduled for the Presidents Cup right here!

Source: Brendan MohlerGOLF

Picture: Caryn Levy/PGA TOUR

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