Nicklaus prefers President Cup format to Ryder Cup

By: | Wed 02 Oct 2013


Jack Nicklaus has been speaking ahead of this weeks Presidents Cup about how the trophy is Presidents Cupdeveloping and one thing he believes they get right over the Ryder Cup is the format. 

While the Presidents Cup follows the familar Foursomes, Fourball, Foursomes, Fourball, Singles pattern, it does see all 12 players playing for both sides at all times meaning that nobody sits out. The event is also played over four days as opposed to the three days of the Ryder Cup. 

In a press conference this week Nicklaus said: 

“I'd love to see the Ryder Cup change its structure,

“I like the Presidents Cup structure,” Nicklaus went on to say. “And the reason I like the Presidents Cup structure is you can't hide a player. Everybody has to play every day. I mean, guys didn't work for a whole year or two years to make a team and have to sit on the sideline because a captain says he doesn't think he's playing well.

“Guys came here to make a team. They worked their tails off and they want to play, so I think that's good. … I suppose on paper this year, you look at the U.S. team, it's pretty strong. I've gone to where the U.S. team has been pretty strong and we've gotten whipped, too, in the Ryder Cup and the other. I've been on both sides of the fence. I just happen to like this format better because of those reasons.
 
“The other one is, the way the pairs are, in the Ryder Cup, you just put it in an envelope. Here, you match pairings. I really like that. And it actually lets the captain do something strategic. And not hiding the guys – a few more matches over four days."
 
“Yeah, I like the Presidents Cup format.”
 
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