With a flood of injuries reminiscent of England's football camp at the start of the World Cup to contemplate, Sam Torrance has put Ian Poulter on stand-by for the Ryder Cup in September.
The in-form Milton Keynes youngster may yet have to step into the shoes of any one of three players currently nursing stresses and strains.
Following the back pains of Colin Montgomerie, the shin splints of Thomas Bjorn and now pins and needles suffered by Lee Westwood, Poulters' debut is looking increasingly likely.
He continued his good form, after last week's second place at Woburn, with a 68 in the first round at the Compass Group English Open yesterday at Forest of Arden, where Westwood retired after five holes.
However, most encouraging was the form of Darren Clarke - a former winner here - who carded a 65 on the eve of next week's US Open, to share the lead with Aussie Jarrod Moseley.
Among those in a group two behind were Mark roe, Gary Orr, Graeme Storm and Greg Hamerton. Justin rose recovered with a 68 after a poor start.