The Molinari brothers are hoping for another successful week at Gleneagles as they prepare for the Johnnie Walker Championship.

claimed the final place in the Ryder Cup team in 2010 by winning the tournament last year and is hoping to defend his title this weekend.

He has suffered a dip in form this season, slipping down to 50th in the world rankings, and needs a win this week to cement his place in the Vivendi Seve Trophy, which takes place in Paris next month.

He says, “Defending my title at Gleneagles is a big priority – it’s a great tournament and I really like the course, which will be a great venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup.

“I like playing in Scotland and I’m sure the Scottish crowds will be unbelievable to me again, just like they were last year. They are the most knowledgeable crowd that we play in front of.”

Younger brother Francesco finished third in last year’s event after a final round score of 75 and is looking to go two better this year and claim the title.

He says, “So far Edoardo has had all the success in Scotland and I’m keen to follow his example this year.

“We’ve won a number of tournaments between us, but have yet to win the same title so that’s what I’ll be aiming for this week.”