Luke Donald warns his Ryder Cup stars they WON'T all play the full five rounds in Rome as Europe's...
Luke Donald has warned his Ryder Cup stars they might have to tolerate being rested for key sessions as he attempts to tackle the brutal physical challenge of the Marco Simone course in Rome at the end of this month.
The 7,300-yard track, while not excessively long, is loaded with punishing undulations and the match against the US will be contested in heat forecasted to top 30 degrees.
American vice-captain Stewart Cink, a five-time Cup veteran, recently described the layout as the most demanding physically of any Cup course I've ever seen and it was a sentiment shared by European players and caddies after their reconnaissance trip last Monday.
It has forced Donald to contemplate greater rotation than usual among his 12-strong team, with the reduced chance of golfers competing in all five of the sessions across the three days, not counting practise rounds.