Finchem rejects Presidents Cup changes

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem has apparently rejected overtures by International Team captain, Nick Price, to make changes to the format to ensure a more even contest for this year’s Presidents Cup matches at Muirfield Village.

Previous captain Greg Norman was advocating for change from as early as the media centre at Royal Melbourne, following the final day singles in 2011.

Tim Finchem Tim Finchem

Since then, he and Price, as well as Ernie Els and others, have pitched an amended format to Finchem and U.S. captain Fred Couples but they have fallen on deaf ears.

Price had a get-together with his potential players Tuesday night at the recent WGC Cadillac Championship where the group resigned themselves to the fact the format would remain as is.

“The issue to all of us is dead and buried,” said Price, who has advocated more of a Ryder Cup format with four matches in the Foursomes format, rather than six on day one and five on day two.

“Our team doesn’t quite have the depth that the American team has,” Els said.

“Their last player (in the current automatic qualifying standings) is about where my (world) ranking is, 25, 26 in the world. Right now, I’m like No. 4 on the team.”

Louis Oosthuizen attended the meeting at Doral and was also disappointed that neither Finchem nor Couples were willing to make changes to enhance the competition, which the U.S. lead 7-1-1 since the Cup’s inception in 1994.

“You want to put your strongest team out there, and it’ll be a great one,” Oosthuizen said.

“I think it’ll be a great matchup if it can be the same format as the Ryder Cup.”

“We’ve taken it that it’s not going to change this year, and we’re going to go out and try our best, but I think it’s going to be a much better competition future-wise if they can do it.”