The International Team will need to catch some breaks if they hope to beat the U.S. Team at the 2013 Presidents Cup. The U.S. has won ever iteration of the Cup since it began in 1994, with the exceptions being a 1998 win by the International Team and a tie in 2003.
According the captain Nick Price, things are already off to a good start for the International Team. For the first time since 1996, the opening-round matches will be fourball instead of alternate-shot, a format change he thinks plays into the hands of his squad:
The start is really important, obviously. There are six points out (to win) tomorrow, and in the past, it’s been alternate-shot, foursomes, on the first day, which I think is the hardest format by far.
And because of the dynamics of our team and where they all come from, it’s very difficult to put a great foursomes pairing together right from the get-go. It’s wonderful that they changed to the better ball tomorrow.
Both Ernie and I felt it was very important just to change it from the hardest format, the alternate-shot foursomes, to the better ball, so that was a positive move. Certainly for us it was. (Reuters).
Despite the change in the format, the International Team will certainly be the underdogs this weekend. While the U.S. Team is loaded with talent and experience, the International Team will field seven plays new to the event.