Nicolas Colsaerts knows that if he can finish in the top two at this week’s Johnnie Walker Championship, he will earn a place in Europe’s Ryder Cup team for the clash against the USA in Medinah.
Europe are 5/4 with bookmaker to win the Ryder Cup, while the USA can be backed at 4/5.
Belgian star Colsaerts currently lies in 11th place in the Ryder Cup standings and needs to overhaul Germany’s Martin Kaymer if he is to make his debut in the competition.
Kaymer has decided not to play at Gleneagles this week and is in poor form, having failed to register a top-ten finish since April.
Kaymer, part of Europe’s winning side in 2010, never planned to play in the Johnnie Walker Championship and has decided to stick to his schedule, opting instead to try to rediscover his swing on the range.
Kaymer will have to rely on a wildcard if Colsaerts does overtake him. He is likely to be competing for just one place, with Ian Poulter all but guaranteed to be Jose Maria Olazabal’s other personal pick.