The Johnnie Walker Championship is getting under way at 2014 host venue Gleneagles on Thursday and only two players from Europe's 'Miracle of Medinah' are in the field - defending champion Paul Lawrie and Italy's Francesco Molinari - despite it being the last such event before the clash with Tom Watson's American side next September.
European captain Paul McGinley insisted he was not disappointed with such a turnout, the Dubliner recognising it clashes with the first FedEx Cup play-off event in the United States.
McGinley also thinks players can quickly adapt to the PGA Centenary Course, which has undergone significant changes since it first hosted the tour event in 1999, but at the same time said he is a firm believer in "horses for courses" and that a win on Sunday could play a major part when it comes to deciding his three wild cards next year.
So far in his Ryder Cup career Molinari has not needed a wild card, qualifying outright for the victories at Celtic Manor and Medinah, but the 30-year-old can also boast some pretty impressive course form if necessary.
In seven visits to Gleneagles, Molinari has finished in the top 10 four times, including a share of third in 2010 when his brother Edoardo won the event to earn a wild-card pick from captain Colin Montgomerie.
"I always enjoy coming back here," said Francesco, whose half with Tiger Woods in the final singles at Medinah ensured Europe won, rather than simply retained, the Ryder Cup. "I think it was my first top-10 on the European Tour here (joint sixth in 2005) so I've got good memories of that.
"We came on holiday to Scotland a couple of times with my parents when we were younger, it feels almost like home. I think I was 15 at the time, so Edoardo would have been 17.
"We stayed here a couple of days at least because we played the King's Course one day and the Centenary Course the other day. Obviously we didn't know that we would have success on the same course now as professionals, but it was quite a special week."
Francesco and Edoardo played together twice at Celtic Manor - giving rise to the amusing chant "There's only two Molinaris" - and won a vital half in the fourballs against Stewart Cink and Matt Kuchar, but the chances of a repeat have already suffered a blow.
Edoardo underwent thumb surgery in America earlier this month and will be out until November.
Francesco added: "It's not going to be easy for anyone (to make the team), but it's going to be hard for him coming from an injury.
"But he did it the hard way for Wales because he was coming off the Challenge Tour, so we'll see. I'm sure it's in the back of his mind. Probably he has other things to think about at the moment - he just started physical therapy this week - but it would be amazing for us to be on the team again together."