A LOSS THAT FELT LIKE A VIC­TORY

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Inside The Ropes -

Many dis­count moral vic­to­ries. Not Nick Price, not in the Pres­i­dents Cup. The In­ter­na­tional team cap­tain, who spear­headed a re­duc­tion in the to­tal points for the 11th edi­tion of the matches, saw noth­ing but pos­i­tives af­ter his team bat­tled the United States to the last hole of the last match. Price, who had spo­ken omi­nously about the fu­ture of the matches if US blowouts con­tin­ued, was op­ti­mistic de­spite his dis­ap­point­ment: “This was a huge step in the right di­rec­tion.”

He wasn’t the only one who be­lieved there was more to the In­ter­na­tional per­for­mance than the new for­mat. “To say this was close be­cause there were fewer points would be a dis­ser­vice,” said US as­sis­tant cap­tain Jim Furyk. “They played ex­tremely well.”

Price likened his re­ac­tion to that of Seve Balles­teros at the 1983 Ry­der Cup af­ter erst­while-dor­mat Europe nar­rowly lost. The Spa­niard lifted a de­spon­dent team room with his in­sis­tence that “this is a vic­tory.” Nick Faldo and oth­ers have called Seve’s boost a turn­ing point – Europe didn’t lose again un­til 1993. Good history les­son. Things change.

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