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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 261
Before the 2015 Cup, captain Nick Price said the future of the event hinged on his team producing a competitive performance. They did, going down by a single point, but two years later it seems we’re back to square one. So where to from here? Clearly, it’s not cutting the mustard for the Internationals to simply choose its best team on paper every couple of years, turn up and hope for the best. This was a team that contained six of the world’s top 30 players, after all, albeit six less than the US, who had all 12 players inside that frame. But to scrape only four points out of the its three highest-ranked players – Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Day and Marc Leishman – says everything about the Internationals’ malaise. Let’s not forget: this is a situation the US found itself in only three years ago, having suffered yet another Ryder Cup loss to Europe. But it resolved to do something about it, and formed a task force of current and former players to determine how best to haul their country back to the top. It took only two years, with redemption coming in the form of a 17-11 whitewash at Hazeltine. On face value, it would appear the Internationals need a similar level of intervention if they’re to keep the public’s interest in the Presidents Cup alive, particularly as it returns to Royal Melbourne in 2019.
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