England's golf fans were given every reason to expect Ross Fisher and Ian Poulter to bring home the Omega Mission Hills World Cup following the duo's sensational successes on the world stage last week.
Just hours after Poulter had outscored the likes of Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington, Ernie Els and Adam Scott to lift the Barclays Singapore Open crown, Fisher added the final scalp of Anthony Kim to those of Jeev Milkha Singh, Camilo Villegas and Angel Cabrera to win the Volvo World Matchplay title.
Fisher and Poulter are now hoping they can channel their individual brilliance into Team England as they prepare for a return to Mission Hills Golf Club to improve upon their sixth place finish 12 months ago.
"My relationship with Ross is an excellent one," said Poulter. "We played together last year and had a great time and, to be honest, we were disappointed we didn't do better than we did even though we recovered well after a shocking start.
To end the week with 65 in foursomes was pretty impressive and I think showed what we can do. We are both in form at the moment and we are looking forward to getting out there and having some fun.
"I love playing with Ross. He has massive potential and I am excited to be his partner. He has been very impressive over the past 18 months and his golf is very, very good. He has contended in major championships and he is winning big tournaments.
"I think it is time that England won the World Cup again. It is always time. I think when you have four English players in the top 20 of the world rankings it shows how good English golf is at the moment, so it is about time we stepped up to the mark on the world stage. One thing is for sure, we will try our hardest."
Fisher echoed the comments of his teammate, saying: "I'm really looking forward to playing with Ian - we had a great time last year. He has just won, I have just won so we are going to China with high hopes and feel like we can really contend and we are one of the strongest teams there.
"There will be some strong teams there but we are both up for it and looking forward to it. We have a very good friendship. I played a few practise rounds with Poults at the Majors this year and we get on really well. He's just good to be around and we have a good laugh together.
"His sheer levels of confidence are unbelievable. He's so confident in his own ability and that really stands out. He's just massively confident in what he can do, what he can achieve, which is great."
(China Daily 11/13/2009 page23)