Price remains optimistic despite day 1 loss #PresidentsCup

Thu 08 Oct 2015

Price remains optimistic despite day 1 loss #PresidentsCup

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Incheon, Korea, October 8: United States Captain Jay Haas is keeping his feet firmly on the ground despite watching his team dominate the opening day’s Foursome session to lead 4-1 against the Internationals at the Presidents Cup on Thursday.
Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker claimed the first point of the day with a convincing 5 & 4 win over debutants Thongchai Jaidee and Anirban Lahiri before Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes trounced Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama 3 & 2 in the top match.
Further wins by Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson over Danny Lee and Marc Leishman (4 & 3) Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson over Jason Day and Steven Bowditch (2-up) completed the near domination by the Americans.
Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen earned the Internationals its lone point with a 3 & 2 win over Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed.
Haas said: “I think the team room has got a good feeling. Obviously it was a great start for us, but I think they all realize it's a long series. Kind of like shooting a low round in the first round of a tournament; there's a lot of golf to be played. So I don't think that anybody's getting too giddy.”
His counterpart Price was disappointed with the early outcome in his hopes to stem a US domination in the Presidents Cup which the Americans have won eight times in 10 editions.
“Obviously today was a really tough day for us. I think some of the guys on the team were a little nervous, which is to be expected,” he said.
[pullquote align="left or right"]The first day blues or shock is over. - International Captain Nick Price[/pullquote]“But we take our hats off to the U.S. Team. They played really well. There were a lot of birdies made out there. Hit a lot of great shots, made a lot of putts. So a tough day for us.
“Having said that, we are only five points into 30. We still have another 25 points left out there. So we've got a long way to go, and that's what I told my team. I said, "Don't worry about where we stand right now. There's still, as I say, a long way to go." Just to keep their chins up and do the best they can tomorrow.”
Haas paid tribute to his captain’s pick, Mickelson, who produced some magnificent golf with Johnson to edge Day and and Bowditch, who threatened to force a half in the last match out on the golf course.
“I watched Phil and Zach play. I thought that was a big match; that they were able to beat Jason. I was just real proud of him (Mickelson). I told him so. He's dealt with pressure before, obviously, in many situations. Being a pick this time probably added to it a little bit. I'm happy for him with the way he responded,”
Price is hoping his Fourball strategy will reap dividends on Friday against an American side which includes five players in the top-10 of the world rankings.
“Tomorrow, we are trying something which I think is what I think is a strong five teams for us. I think we've got some good pairings there. But you know, it's still pretty much guesswork. You go and talk to the guys, but you want something to click. That's what you want. You want that click amongst the teams and we didn't have it today,” said the Zimbabwean.
“I think the youngsters, the rookies today, played a little apprehensively, which often happens when you play with a partner. But we had a really good chat in the room afterwards, and things are all sorted out. I wish we would have had a couple more points, but I think the guys have got the idea now.
“The first day blues or shock is over.”
About The Presidents Cup
The Presidents Cup, a team match play competition featuring 24 of the world’s top golfers – 12 from the United States and 12 from around the world, excluding Europe – is held every two years, and since 1996 has alternated between United States and international venues. The Presidents Cup was developed to give the world’s best non-European players an opportunity to compete in international team match-play competition. The U.S. Team has won eight of the 10 previous Presidents Cups, and the only win by the International Team came at the 1998 event in Melbourne. The Presidents Cup 2003 ended in a tie. The Presidents Cup 2015 will be held Oct. 6-11 when the biennial competition makes its first trip to Asia.  Nick Price and Jay Haas will serve as captains of the International and U.S. Teams, respectively.  Korea’s K.J. Choi was named the first vice-captain in Presidents Cup history and will help Price lead the International Team in front of what is sure to be a supportive “home” crowd.
Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea will be the fourth international venue to host The Presidents Cup, joining The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (1998, 2011); The Links at Fancourt, George, South Africa (2003); and The Royal Montreal Golf Club in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (2007).  The event is projected to be broadcast in 225 countries and territories, reaching more than 1 billion homes in 30 different languages around the world.
The Presidents Cup is a unique golf event in that there is no purse or prize money; instead, each player, captain and captain’s assistant allocates an equal portion of the funds generated to charities of his choice. Since the inception of The Presidents Cup in 1994, more than $32 million has been raised for charity from event proceeds, including more than $5 million from The Presidents Cup 2013. Over the past 20 years, The Presidents Cup has impacted more than 450 charities in 15 countries worldwide and 35 states in the U.S.
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Uniting the community Bringing Incheon to the world, Incheon is rapidly becoming one of the most prominent cities in Northeast Asia, as well as one of the best cities in which to live. Incheon has been trading with foreign countries since the Three Kingdoms Period, and was the first city in Korea to accept Western culture in 1883.
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About Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea
At 7,380 yards (6,748 meters) for the tournament, the par 72 Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea is the first and only golf club in Korea to carry the name of the Golden Bear himself.  Its dramatic park land, links and rock formation styles are in perfect harmony with the panoramic views of Incheon Bay and the skyline of the Songdo International Business District. Crafted by the hand of master himself, the Jack Nicklaus design features unique fairway routings, a variety of tee locations, and greens protected by strategically located bunkers and hazards that provide special challenge to golfers of all levels.  In 2010 and 2011 the course hosted the PGA Champions Tour Songdo Championship event.  The Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea is proud to have been selected as the host venue for The Presidents Cup in 2015, the first time the event will be contested in Asia.  For more information visit: www.jacknicklausgolfclubkorea.com.