Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen is confident he can do enough to earn a automatic qualification spot for the European Ryder Cup team. Olesen will be the highest-ranked player in this week’s field for the Nordea Masters in Gothenburg.
The pressure will be on this week, with just three qualifying events remaining before the top eight in the standings for Ryder Cup selection are finalised.
Olesen remains on the fringes of captain Thomas Bjorn’s team but the 28-year-old is adamant he can cement his spot in the standings.
He told Sky Sports: “I’ve got the question a lot the last month or so. I’m trying not to think about it at all. That’s obviously difficult but I’m really trying to put my head down and concentrate on my game.
“To be fair it’s been pretty easy because the tournaments have been so big, with the majors and Rolex Series events I want to do well in. Obviously I want to win a major at some point in my career, it’s my biggest goal.
“In that way it’s been a bit easier to keep the Ryder Cup away but it is difficult. I would love to be in Paris, to play for Europe. I can only go out every day and try to play good golf and show that I’m good enough for the team. That’s all I can do.
“Thomas and I are great friends. I don’t think that makes it better for me, it might make it worse. I would love to get in that team, in the top eight, that’s my goal.”