Among the verbal jabs, sabre rattling, partisan crowds and gamesmanship appeared another less than savoury method of getting the upper hand before play starts this Friday morning. Espionage!

European captain Dale Reid admitted to having a few spies in her camp to help in the essential decisions when it comes to choosing the soldiers for battle this weekend. Do we have a golfing equivalent of the cold war here at Interlachen? Well, not exactly, it’s all done in good taste and both teams are ‘at it’.