Lee Westwood has declared himself fully fit as he looks forward to the weekend’s excursions but his injury may mean Colin Montgomerie keeps a close eye on the Englishman.
Westwood hasn’t played any competitive golf since August and hasn’t competed in a tournament since The Open Championship in July.
Which means Monty is likely to keep Westwood well rested as he looks to utilise Europe’s highest ranked player to his full potential.
If Westwood is to play all five possible matches, that would mean 90 holes of golf for a man that only returned to swinging a golf club last week.
So the likelihood is Westwood will play four, or possibly even three rounds, which would mean he would have to win all three to stand a chance of being the top European points scorer.
The man from Nottingham is 7/1 to be Europe’s top point scorer and 16/1 to be the overall top point scorer but with Monty claiming that all 12 Europeans will play a part on Friday, Westwood could be the one that makes way for the likes of Peter Hanson.
Westwood has taken 16.5 points from a possible 29 in his Ryder Cup campaign and as a senior member of the team, he would expect to lead by example.
He is also joint 9/4 favourite with Luke Donald to be the top scoring Englishman in the Ryder Cup.
Monty’s practice pairings suggest Westwood could partner a rookie in Martin Kaymer, Ross Fisher or Peter Hanson and a pairing with German Kaymer could be a potentially lethal partnership.
Kaymer is 5/1 to be Europe’s top point scorer and 4/1 to be the top scoring rookie in the Ryder Cup.
Europe are heavily fancied at 8/13 to win the Ryder Cup. See the full 2010 Ryder Cup betting odds market here.