Ian Woosnam brought half of his European team to the K Club on Th ursday to practise at the Ryder Cup course. Spains Jose Maria Olazabal said the unpublicised get-together was vital to boosting European hopes of defending their title against the USA in Ireland. Olazabal said: We want to see how its playing and Woosie will pinpoint his ideas and well see what he has to say. Its important to get together well before the tournament and have a taste of the course and the team atmosphere. Olazabal was joined at the practice session by Paul Casey, Darren Clarke, Luke Donald, Padraig Harrington and David Howell. Th e rest of Woosnams team are either in action or resting. Th e European reconnaissance mission follows a similar trip made by all 12 of the American team and captain Tom Lehman last week. Olazabal was impressed with the recent changes made to the Arnold Palmer-designed course and wary of the challenge ahead. Th ere are a lot of new trees and you really need to play good golf around here now, he said. Th e 40-year-old Spaniard, who will be playing in his seventh Ryder Cup, added they would also be having a couple of beers and taking in Woosnams views on the coming match, which starts on 22 September. European captain Woosnam is sure to refl ect on Th omas Bjorns criticism of his captaincy - criticism he is confi dent will make the team stronger. Bjorn labelled Welshman barmy after he was overlooked for one of the two wildcards, which instead went to Clarke and Lee Westwood. It will make Lee and Darren more determined, said Woosnam. Once we get to the Ryder Cup it will be put to bed.
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