The first six pairings are through the front nine and Europe is clinging to hope that captain Darren Clarke's strategy will start to pay dividends
European captain Darren Clarke expects Ryder Cup veterans such as Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood to return to form over the coming weeks as the "meat of the season" starts with the Masters at Augusta.
Darren Clarke launched the Ryder Cup trophy tour from Royal Portrush Golf Club in his native Northern Ireland on Tuesday, and the European captain had a spring in his step.
In a bid to give holders Europe a fast start to the 41st Ryder Cup, captain Darren Clarke will send out golfing heavyweights Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson first in Friday's opening foursomes.
Lee Westwood believes he has gone some way towards satisfying Darren Clarke after Europe's Ryder Cup captain told his close friend at the start of the year to play consistently well in order to be selected.