CONOVER, NORTH CAROLINA | Mud-spattered and disappointed, Nick Price sat in an overcrowded media room at Muirfield Village three Sunday evenings ago, thanking the players on his International team for their dogged effort in yet another Presidents Cup loss to the Americans. Price, one of the game’s great gentlemen, looked and sounded tired from the rain, the delays and the struggle. The Americans had won by three points – 181⁄2-151⁄2 – but it hadn’t felt that close and Price knew it. The loss left the International team with a 1-8-1 record in the biennial competition, a decade removed from a tie and 15 years since its only victory. Asked in the news conference what changes he’d like to see to make the event more compelling, Price – sitting beside the big gold cup – chose to be diplomatic. “Let’s let the Americans enjoy this win and let’s look to the future as to what we can do to make this perhaps more competitive,” Price said at Muirfield Village. Last week at Rock Barn Golf & Spa, where he played in the Champions Tour’s Greater Hickory Kia Classic, Price thought back to the question on Sunday night at Muirfield Village. “I was very apprehensive to talk about it up there,” Price said. “I was seething when we were 14-8 down because everything I basically said to (PGA Tour Commissioner Tim) Finchem in my (pre-event) proposal came true.