PGA over­hauls Pres­i­dents Cup for­mat by re­duc­ing num­ber of points on of­fer

The China Post - - SPORTS -

The PGA Tour an­nounced an over­haul for the for­mat of the Pres­i­dents Cup on Mon­day, bow­ing to calls to re­duce the to­tal num­ber of points on of­fer de­spite op­po­si­tion from the United States team.

A state­ment from the PGA said the changes, which would take ef­fect at the next Pres­i­dents Cup in Oc­to­ber, would see the to­tal num­ber of matches in the Ry­der Cup style event re­duced from 34 to 30.

The new struc­ture for the event would see five four-ball and five four­somes played over the first two days, ver­sus six and six as in pre­vi­ous years.

Satur­day’s sched­ule would be re­duced to four four-balls and four four­somes, as op­posed to five matches per ses­sion, with 12 sin­gles matches on Sun­day.

The changes come af­ter months of dis­cus­sions be­tween U.S. cap­tain Jay Haas and In­ter­na­tional team coun­ter­part Nick Price.

PGA Tour com­mis­sioner Tim Finchem said the two sides had been un­able to reach a con­sen­sus about the re­vamped for­mat.

“For quite some time, the In­ter­na­tional Team has been ad­vo­cat­ing for a re­duc­tion in to­tal points, while the U.S. Team felt strongly that The Pres­i­dents Cup for­mat should re­main as it has been,” said Finchem.

“Af­ter nu­mer­ous meet­ings and dis­cus­sions, it was ap­par­ent that both cap­tains felt pas­sion­ate about their re­spec­tive po­si­tions, as did their po­ten­tial team mem­bers. But with no clear con­sen­sus be­tween the two sides, it was up to me to make a de­ci­sion that would be best for the event over­all.”

Finchem said the de­ci­sion to im­ple­ment changes would “strike a bal­ance be­tween main­tain­ing the unique makeup of The Pres­i­dents Cup ... and the com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment for both teams.”

This year’s event is to take place at the Jack Nick­laus Golf Club Korea in In­cheon be­tween Oct. 6-11.

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