Lee Westwood admits Europe’s players must do all they can to get their preparations right for the Ryder Cup.
Westwood is due to make his 10th appearance in the biennial event at Hazeltine but the same cannot be said for some of his colleagues, with half of Darren Clarke’s 12-man team set for their debuts.
Europe head to Minnesota hoping for their fourth straight win in the competition and timing their build-up to ensure they peak at the right time will be key to their chances.
The veteran is one of a handful of Clarke’s side who are playing at this week’s Italian Open and admits that finding the right combination to help guarantee their best play is a huge part of being a professional golfer.
“That’s the problem that all professional golfers find with all big tournaments,” said the 43-year-old. “Whether it be major championships or Ryder Cups or whatever – you make your priorities.
“It’s just getting that fine line between not being tired when you go into a big event and being sharp at the same time.
“It’s difficult to put your finger on it and pinpoint how you go into a tournament in your best condition and playing your best.”