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Internationals ready for a fight

THE time has come for the Internationals to give the Presidents Cup a sharper competitive edge, according to Australian Geoff Ogilvy and Canadian Mike Weir.

Five of the seven editions in the biennial team competition have been won by holders the United States, who are heavy favorites to seal victory at Harding Park Golf Course this week in San Francisco, California.

"The event would definitely benefit from us winning a couple of times, especially over here on US soil," Ogilvy said after the first official day of practice on Tuesday. The event starts today with the opening foursome matches.

"The Ryder Cup was a big event up until the 80s, but until Europe started winning regularly it didn't become what it was. It became a real battle with a true bit of animosity on both sides.

"I'm sure if this event goes on for 100 years, it will balance out. But it's about time we started (winning)."

Weir agreed.

"We need to step up and play a little better," the 2003 Masters champion said. "But the event still seems to be growing. You cannot get more exciting than South Africa. That was incredible."

In 2003, the two teams battled to a 17-17 draw in South Africa. However, the Americans went on two win the next two editions, by a three-point margin at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in 2005 and by five points at Royal Montreal in 2007.

"It would be nice if we get it (winning) done a little bit more, get that rivalry going a little bit," Weir added.


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