Defending champion Thomas Bjorn goes into the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles starting on Thursday with one eye on an even bigger prize.
Named as one of the European Ryder Cup vice captains, Bjorn has been busy tracking the progress of the team to play at Medinah next month. And so far he has liked what he has seen, particularly the back-to-back success in the past two weeks of Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia.
''It has been a couple of important weeks,'' said Bjorn. ''When they play the way they have done, it leaves a little bit less room for our guys. So Kiawah was very important, and Sergio's win last week was also very important.
''It just gives a boost to the whole European team ... We are five weeks away and after a little bit of a low, five weeks away is the perfect timing for all of them to be right on top of their game.''
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