A LOSS THAT FELT LIKE A VICTORY
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.