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September 29, 2013

Scott: Internationals 'have to win' Prez Cup this year

Adam Scott
Credit: Fred Vuich / SI

 

It's do or die for the International (non-European) Presidents Cup team at Muirfield Village this year, at least according to its biggest star.

2013 Masters champion Adam Scott said he's "tired of getting killed out there," and without a win, the Internationals risk losing competitive credibility.

"The Internationals need to step up and win the thing and make it a real competition," Scott told Agence France-Presse. "This is a big year for us. It's our time ... I think it's crucial. We have to win this year. The Cup loses any credibility whatsoever if (the Internationals) don't start winning soon."

Though they have struggled at the Ryder Cup in recent years, the U.S. is 7-1-1 in Presidents Cup competition since the tournament's inception; the Internationals' lone win came in 1998 at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Scott's home state of Australia.

"There are a few occasions we did really well, but the US team is a lot stronger," said International captain Nick Price of Zimbabwe, who lobbied PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem for changes that would neutralize the U.S. team's depth. "The commissioner didn't want to do anything about the changes for this year. We're going to do the best we can with the given points structure ... It's going to be a tough job for us to win the Cup."

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