NICK PRICE RETAINS THE CAPTAINCY
THE MAN WHO MAY HAVE SAVED the Presidents Cup, Nick Price, will be back as the International team captain for a third time in 2017, where he’ll nd Steve Stricker, long one of the most popular players among his peers, leading the American squad. Before the 2015 matches in South Korea, Price fought for and won a reduction in the number of matches from 34 to 30, adopting something closer to the scoring formula that has worked well at the Ryder Cup.
Price based his argument on a relative lack of International team depth and the fact that the US had an 8-1-1 advantage in the prior 10 Presidents Cups.The US won again, but this time the matches were close, 15½-14½, and the International team left Incheon City looking forward to the next competition at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey.
As for Stricker, the 49-year-old may appear mild-mannered, but he’s known as a erce competitor. Both men have played in ve Presidents Cups.The 59-year-old Price’s experience as captain should serve him well, although Stricker has gained experience as an assistant to Tom Watson at the 2014 Ryder Cup and to Jay Haas at the last Presidents Cup. In the top 20 of the current world ranking, there are nine Americans and six prospective International team members, including World No 1 Jason Day.
Steve Stricker and Nick Price.