Ryder Cup heroes Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell set off around lunchtime today, still weary from their exertions in Valhalla at the weekend but determined to make an impression in the Quinn Insurance British Masters at the Belfry.
Alongside former Ryder Cup men, Colin Montgomerie and Paul McGinley, they feel the best way put Europe’s first Ryder Cup defeat in nine years behind them, is to start challenging again for titles - and this is one of the biggest on the European Tour calendar.
“It will help to lift me that I'm the defending champion, I like the golf course and, as a local boy, will have lots of home support,” said Westwood.
“I have got the goal of trying to win the Order of Merit in my sights. I'm ready to go and feeling fresh.”
McDowell, looking for a third win on the 2008 Tour added: “ There's always a bit of a leveling off after the high from last week. But I'm certainly looking forward to the Quinn Masters and I like this golf course. "
Montgomerie, refreshed from a two week break, is 'raring to go.'
“ I've got good memories here of my Ryder Cup time here, and I think we all enjoyed playing the golf course. I think it's in good condition considering all of the weather problems that we've had I think that it's good we've got a strong field.”
Tomorrow (Friday), players will be supporting the Pink Friday initiative in which players and their sponsors will raise much-needed cash for Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Tournament organisers, International Sports Management started the ball rolling by contributing £100 for every birdie and £200 for every eagle scored by each of their stable of players with Barclays Capital, FL Partners, Go Catering, IMG, The Jeremy Kyle Show, Le Meridien, Ping, Pinnacle Point and Trion:Z also offered backing the official Pink Friday charities in a similar fashion for their contracted players.
In addition Audemars Piguet, Acushnet, The Belfry and Moet & Chandon have donated fantastic prizes to help make a success on a day where pin flags, caddies' bibs and marshals' hats will also be pink - not to mention a number of players re-visiting the pink clothing in their wardrobes.
It should be quite a spectacle.
Pink day boost for The Belfry