The Britain and Ireland team go into this week’s Vivendi Trophy in Paris as underdogs following the withdrawal of some of their top players including four the highest ranked players Paul Casey, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter.
The Britian and Ireland team will also be missing Luke Donald and Justin Rose, while the European team will be without Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer.
Regardless of the withdrawals from the Vivendi Trophy, formerly the Seve Trophy, eighteen of the twenty players on show are among the top 100 golfers in the world. Steve Webster and Robert Rock on the British team are the only players outside of the current hundred best.
Britain and Ireland have beaten Continental Europe for the last four years in a row, but captain Paul McGinley will have his work cut out this year as the European team will start as firm favourites.
Britain’s Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie will be in Paris to assess the candidates for his team for next year, but Seve Ballesteros is unlikely to be fit to travel to Paris as he is still on his recovery programme following a brain tumour.