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Price may rethink role as captain of International team

(Reuters) - Nick Price said he will consider stepping down as captain of the International Presidents Cup team unless a more competitive format for the biennial team competition is introduced. The International team has managed just one victory in 10 attempts and Price wants to see changes before committing to his captaincy role when the Ryder Cup-style event resumes in 2015 in south Korea.

U.S. dominance puts Presidents Cup relevance on the line

By Mark Lamport-Stokes DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) - A marathon week of rain delays and birdie hunting at Muirfield Village Golf Club ended with yet another United States victory at the Presidents Cup, once again raising questions about the relevance of the biennial team competition. The Internationals have triumphed only once and been beaten eight times in 10 editions since the Cup was launched in 1994, and many feel that a change to the event's points structure is sorely needed to make it more competitive.

Presidents Cup format again comes under scrutiny

By Mark Lamport-Stokes DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) - The future of the Presidents Cup and a possible change to its format emerged front and center on Sunday after the United States beat the Internationals for an eighth time in 10 editions of the biennial team competition. There has been a groundswell of opinion that the points structure should be overhauled for the event to survive and Internationals captain Nick Price has championed the need for the more compact Ryder Cup format to be adopted to ensure closer competition.

Price asks for a second chance after Internationals lose

By Julian Linden DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) - Beaten but unbowed after a grueling week that ended in defeat, Nick Price said he would love another chance to captain the International team at the Presidents Cup. His first assignment in charge ended in failure on Sunday when his team was beaten by a powerful American side that played at the peak of their powers. But the Zimbabwean said the disappointment of defeat had only whetted his appetite for more and he would happily take on the job again.

Golf: Cup fightback brings Internationals future hope

Needing to win the last seven singles matches to draw the Presidents Cup, the Internationals won five and halved another to serve notice the US era of dominance might be coming to an end. The Americans improved to 8-1-1 in the biennial team golf showdown with an 18 1/2-15 1/2 victory Sunday over their global rivals at Muirfield Village, but not before getting a scare at the finish. After the hosts moved within one point of clinching their fifth victory in a row over the Internationals, the US was beaten in four matches in a row.

Results at the Presidents Cup

(Reuters) - Presidents Cup results following the United States victory over the Internationals on Sunday by 18-1/2 points to 15-1/2 in the 10th edition played at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio (tabulated under year, venue and scores): 2013 - Muirfield Village, Dublin, Ohio United States 18-1/2, International 15-1/2 2011 - Royal Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia United States 19, International 15 2009 - Harding Park Golf Course, San Francisco

U.S. open up five-point lead in Presidents Cup

By Mark Lamport-Stokes DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) - The United States opened up a commanding five-point lead over the Internationals when the third day of the Presidents Cup ended on Saturday with four matches still to be completed following another day of foul weather. Needing 17-1/2 points to retain the trophy, the Americans finished the day with 11-1/2 points to the International team's 6-1/2.

Internationals hoping for a miracle at Muirfield

By Julian Linden DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) - Drawing inspiration from last year's amazing comeback by the Europeans at the Ryder Cup, Nick Price's Internationals are hoping to produce their own Miracle at Muirfield and win the Presidents Cup. The Internationals know they will have to produce something special on Sunday's final day of competition after finishing Saturday's weather-interrupted third day of action trailling by 11-1/2 points to 6-1/2, with both teams needing 17-1/2 to win.

Golf: US clings to lead as Presidents Cup resumes

Play resumed Saturday morning at the Presidents Cup with the United States clinging to a 4 1/2-3 1/2 lead over the Internationals at storm-hit Muirfield Village. Four foursomes matches were halted by darkness on Friday after a storm delay of two hours and 36 minutes, with the Americans leading in two and the Internationals ahead in the other two. Five four-ball matches and five foursomes matches on the regular schedule were still set to be completed by sunset Saturday to get the event back on schedule, weather permitting.

Play to resume at Cup with U.S. in early control

By Mark Lamport-Stokes DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) - Foursomes play at the Presidents Cup was set to resume at 5:45 p.m. local (2145 GMT) on Friday after a weather delay of just over two-and-a-half hours due to a thunderstorm had halted early United States dominance. Though officials hope to get in a further one-and-a-half hours of play at rain-softened Muirfield Village Golf Club, the opening foursomes session was all but certain to spill over into Saturday when further thunderstorms have been forecast.
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