CAPTAIN Nick Price’s Internationals team faces an uphill battle overcoming a star-studded American lineup at the 2015 Presidents Cup in Korea this week.
The Internationals only have one player ranked in the world top 10, No.2 Jason Day, while the Americans have six, including world No.1 Jordan Spieth.
All 12 Americans in the Jay Haas captained squad are in the top 28 in the world rankings while six of the Internationals are outside the top 30.
To add to that the Internationals have only won once since the inception of the event in 1994. That was at Royal Melbourne in 1998.
“I think everyone’s kind of fed up with it, that we have been losing for a while now,” Day said ahead of the event at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea.
“I think Adam Scott is more so fed up with it because he’s been on his seventh team now and hasn’t won one.”
A small change in the Cup setup with the overall points dropping from 34 to 30 will help the internationals. They’ll need it with the Americans not only individually higher ranked but also with more experience overall in international team events, particularly the Ryder Cup members.
“I know I will have to play my best for the team and so will all of the boys if we are going to be successful,” said Day, who has an individual 4-4-2 record from his two previous cups.
“We have managed to get a deduction in overall points this time around so hopefully that will mean it is competitive going into the Sunday singles.”
1st Round Foursomes
In the first round foursomes starting Thursday Day will be teamed with fellow Aussie and Presidents Cup debutante Steven Bowditch to take on the experienced pair of Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson.
Captain Price said he was aware many golf fans wanted to go straight to a Day versus Spieth matchup but he wasn’t going to be influenced.
“I’m not going to put matchups just because of what the media wants, okay? And, what the world wants,” Price said.
“I’m going to put match-ups there that I feel is best for our team. That’s the most important thing.”
Adam Scott and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama will link to play against two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and JB Holmes while Marc Leishman has been paired with New Zealand’s Danny Lee in a clash with Spieth and Dustin Johnson.
The other two matches pit the South African duo Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace against Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed, while India’s Anirban Lahiri and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee take on Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker.
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