Nick Price believes they can upset US

The 10th Presidents Cup starts on Thursday at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio.

International captain Nick Price. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - International captain Nick Price believes his team is up for the challenge and can beat the United States in the Presidents Cup this year.

The United States (US) team has won the Cup seven times, while the International team has only won once.

In 2003, the tournament ended in a tie.

Price represented the International Team in five Presidents Cups and this is the first time that he's been elected to captain the side.

He believes if his team gets off to a good start and play for each other, they can upset the US.

"Eighteen-hole match play is up for grabs for anyone, it's all about momentum," Price explained.

"If you get off to a good start in eighteen-hole match play and you are two or three up after four or five holes, it's very difficult for your opponent to come back. Momentum, team spirit and camaraderie will mean so much to our team."

With their poor record in the tournament, the International Team is regarded as the underdogs going into the event.

But Price believes this won't affect his team.

"I know they are all up for the challenge and they all know what they are up against. The quality of golf is going to be superb. The presidents Cup is always played in a lighter spirit and the atmosphere is a lot friendlier than the Ryder Cup, but the guys are determined.

"We are all competitors and we all want to win. So I just have to go out there and try to get the best out of them and they need to bring the best out of each other as well. It's a team effort and we are going to do everything that week as a team. I am really looking forward to do it."

The Cup starts on Thursday with six fourball matches. The approximate tee times are between 5:45pm and 6:55pm.

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