The Presidents Cup matches still are several weeks away but the International team has already picked up a victory.
After months of lobbying by the International side to adjust the format, the PGA Tour announced Monday it will reduce the number of matches from 34 to 30 and players only will be required to play in two of the first four sessions.
Nick Price, the International team captain, has pushed for the changes, saying the previous format was an advantage for the traditionally deeper United States team.
Under the new format, the teams will play five four-ball and five foursomes matches on Thursday and Friday, a reduction of one match in each session.
On Saturday, there will be four four-ball and four foursomes matches, another reduction of one match in each session. There will be 12 singles matches on Sunday.
Each player will be required to play in two of the first four sessions and every player must play in the Sunday singles. Also, all matches that are square after 18 holes will be deemed a draw. Previously, singles matches went extra holes if they were even after 18 holes.
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