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

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.

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