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Major Champion Calls for Mixed Presidents Cup

Could a mixed format improve the standing of the Presidents Cup?
Two-time major winner Brittany Lincicome has echoed calls from Australian TV golf commentator Alison Whitaker to make the Presidents Cup a mixed event from 2021.

Whitaker took to Twitter on Monday, suggesting that the inclusion of women to both the International and US sides could help arrest the event's slide towards insignificance following seven consecutive US victories at the biennial contest.

A former competitor on the ALPG, Ladies European and LPGA Tours before becoming a TV commentator, Whitaker called for the Presidents Cup to be made up of 10 men and 10 women per side and her hypothetical format drew praise from Lincicome, who replied, "I want in."

"Well they used to have the [JCPenney Classic] back in the day. So even just an event like that would be awesome," Lincicome continued.

"I would love to play."

The JCPenney Classic was a mixed teams event run by the PGA and LPGA Tours which included one man and woman per team and was contested in the US 32 times between 1960 and 1999.

Whitaker's Twitter post focused on an International women's team that - based on last week's world rankings - would include 8 of the top 10 women's players.

The Presidents Cup continues to sit well below the Ryder Cup in terms of global significance.

If an International women's team was to assemble now based on world rankings, 11 of the top 13 players would be eligible for selection, which is in stark contrast to the current men's world rankings, which features just two Internationals - World No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama and World No. 9 Jason Day - inside the top 15.

The US team's 19-11 drubbing of the Internationals last week in New Jersey brought the overall scoreline of the event to 10-1-1 in favour of the Americans.

The Internationals' only Presidents Cup victory came at Royal Melbourne in 1998 when it easily accounted for the US side 20.5-11.5.

The Presidents Cup will return to Royal Melbourne in 2019 for the third time, but a venue is yet to be determined for 2021.


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