Thorbjorn Olesen knows a strong showing at this week’s Made in Denmark event on home soil will see him secure an automatic spot on Thomas Bjorn’s European team for next month’s Ryder Cup.
The Dane is currently in pole position to claim the eighth and final qualifying spot for the prestigious team event and knows a top-seven finish at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort will be enough.
Anything less and Olesen could open door for the likes of Matt Fitzpatrick or Eddie Pepperell to claim the final automatic qualifying spot, and that would mean the 28-year-old would be relying on a captain’s pick to secure a place on the European team for the first time.
Olesen, who claimed his fifth European Tour victory at the Italian Open earlier this year, knows there will be added pressure on this week’s tournament in Denmark because of the Ryder Cup, but he is hopeful his game is in good enough shape to see him through.
?There?s always a lot of pressure when we play in Denmark and probably a little bit extra this time,? Olesen recently told the European Tour website.
?I?ve been playing great for three or four months so that will probably add a bit more pressure, but if I can keep grinding and working like I did this week and last week to get better, the results will come.?
The 2018 Ryder Cup takes place at France’s Le Golf National between September 28-30.