Having previously never earned his right to take part in the Ryder Cup, Ross Fisher will be hoping that the mixed form he showed at Gleneagles is something that doesn’t carry over to Celtic Mannor.
With Fisher having his place on Colin Montgomerie’s team confirmed after his challengers failed to perform at the Czech Open, he will be aware that the Ryder Cup will present a level of tension he has not yet faced.
With Monty’s European team playing in front of a home crowd and with PGA Tour Betting punters, bookies, as well as experts, believing that his side are a shoe-in to regain the trophy they lost in 2008, Fisher will be aware that only the very best will be accepted by European fans as they seek to win golf’s most high-profile event.
However, with Monty having at least five Ryder Cup debutants taking part in his side, creating an unknown element as to how the European side will cope with the challenges presented by the unique atmosphere at the Ryder Cup, the destination of the Cup is by no means a given.
Should they fail to deliver the goods or live up to their Golf Odds, and leave the Ryder Cup in US hands for another two years, some players like Fisher will know that they may have blown their best ever chance to lay their hands on the famous trophy.