European captain Jose Maria Olazabal has made it clear he intends to try and keep his players as fresh as possible before the Ryder Cup gets underway on Friday.
On the second day of practice at Medinah on Wednesday, Olazabal's European players only completed the front nine holes before departing the course.
The Spaniard revealed they will follow the same drill on Thursday as he attempts to ensure they do not become jaded before the first ball is struck in anger.
"The reason behind it is that the boys had a good look at the course yesterday (Tuesday)," Olazabal said. "It took them quite a while to play 18 holes and Wednesdays and Thursdays are quite busy apart from the golf.
"We have the gala dinner, we have the media interviews, we have the opening ceremony. I wanted the boys to take it easy today and tomorrow (Thursday).
"Friday 36 holes, Saturday 36 holes - a lot of pressure, a lot of tension."
Olazabal's counterpart, David Love III, admitted that nerves are certain to become frayed once the action gets underway on Friday.
Not a war
The American skipper was quick to stress that the biennial event is a golf match and "not a war", but acknowledged that he was likely to get "testy" with Olazabal at some point.
"It's intense," Love stated. "Do we want to pummel them? Yes we do. We want to win.
"You know what, Ollie and I will go toe-to-toe at some point because it's intense. It'll be about carts going over a bridge or he has more carts than me or something.
"I remember Tom (Kite) with Seve (Ballesteros) once when Tom's ball was clearly on the green, but Seve asked about it and I went in and said 'OK boys, back off'.
"It was the way it was handled. Ollie and I will get testy, but it will be respectful - and for the crowd to be fair is ultimately the goal."
However, Love conceded the emotion of the event had already worn him down with the start still two days away.
Talking about how his team are bonding on and off the course as the countdown continues in Chicago, the 48-year-old struggled to get out the words when he said: "I love being around them".
Love then revealed that he and Masters champion Bubba Watson both cried during a team dinner on Tuesday night, when a film of Ryder Cup highlights was shown.
"Bubba and I are going to cry a lot," he added.