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US bank on home comfort for Presidents Cup
Updated: 2005-09-22 09:09

GAINESVILLE, Virginia, Sept 22 - The United States go into this week's Presidents Cup against the Internationals banking on home advantage to lift them to their fourth triumph in six editions of the biennial competition.

The U.S. won on all three previous occasions that the team competition has been held on American soil, while the Internationals tasted victory the first time the event was moved abroad -- to Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Australia, in 1998.

The last match, in 2003 at the Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate outside George in South Africa, was shared after the sides ended four days of regulation play level on 17 points.

American Davis Love III, the only player in Presidents Cup history with more than 12 wins, believes the Ryder Cup-style contest has quickly come into its own as one of the game's premier events.

"Going overseas for the second time and having a close match, and obviously the tie was a new twist, I think that certainly it made it a lot more interesting," he told reporters at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club.

"And then when we started losing and getting it rubbed in for two years, it certainly gets a lot more intense.

"We beat them so bad here the last time, they wanted to beat us bad in South Africa, and it was a close match.
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