Date: August 06, 2013
Author: Golf Australia

Scott: Internationals must win Presidents Cup

Adam Scott finished at Firestone Country Club in a tie for 14th place and immediately ratcheted up the pressure on his International team mates ahead of this year&aposs Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village in early October. Scott believes another victory by the United States team could affect long-term interest in the tournament. I think the Cup loses any credibility whatsoever if they don t start winning soon, Scott told Golf Channel. Because it s essentially an exhibition, you know, it s not a competition. That s what it s shown the last four times, I d say. This year&aposs matches will mark Scott&aposs sixth Presidents Cup campaign but he is yet to taste victory in the event. The United States holds a 7-1-1 all-time advantage. Following a 17-17 tie in 2003, the Americans have won the last four editions by at least three points, a trend that Scott believes must be reversed quickly. I think it s crucial. We have to win this year, he continued. It looks like an exhibition and it has little relevance, to me. And that s not good, because it s a great event. Earlier this year, Scott and International captain Nick Price lobbied for the Cup to use the same format as the Ryder Cup where captains must start only eight players in each of the first four sessions rather than a full roster of 12. I don t know what s wrong with playing a Ryder Cup-style format, which seems to get an incredible result every time. I don t know what s wrong with that, added Scott. I don t think there s a team sport in the world where everyone has to go out on the field; you always have a bench. There s some strategy in that.