Defending champion Thomas Bjorn goes into the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles on Thursday with one eye on the Ryder Cup.
Bjorn is one of the European Ryder Cup vice captains, and the Walker Championship ends the race for the 10 automatic spots on the team. Bjorn has been busy tracking the progress of the team, which will play next month against the United States at Medinah in Illinois.
So far, Bjorn likes what he's seen, particularly the back-to-back success of winners Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia. Jose Maria Olazabal will add two captain's picks for the Ryder Cup matches.
''It has been a couple of important weeks,'' Bjorn said. ''When they play the way they have done, it leaves a little bit less room for our guys. So Kiawah (McIllroy's wins) was very important, and Sergio's win last week was also very important.
''It just gives a boost to the whole European team. Five weeks away is the perfect timing for all of them to...