Dane Thorbjorn Olesen heads to Scandinavia in an attempt to secure a place in the European Ryder Cup team

Four players qualify for a European list and Thorbjorn Olesen has three events to consolidate the place

Dane Thorbjorn Olesen heads to Scandinavia in an attempt to secure a place in the European Ryder Cup team

  • Olesen finished one under par in the US PGA Championship on Sunday
  • Dane now heads to Scandinavia to prepare for the Nordea Masters in Sweden
  • He added another event to his agenda in an attempt to make the list of points in Europe

Derek Lawrenson for the Daily Mail

Thorbjorn Olesen is now so close to forming the European Ryder Cup team. It is not surprising that you have added another event to your calendar this week.

The intrepid Dane concluded the process at the USPGA with a final round of 68 and then headed to Scandinavia to prepare for the Nordea Masters in Sweden.

The team emerges after a complicated process with four players who were classified in a list of points in Europe, four from a world list, and captain Thomas Bjorn then chose four wild cards.

Four players qualify for a European list and Thorbjorn Olesen has three events to consolidate the place

Four players qualify for a European list and Thorbjorn Olesen has three events to consolidate the place

By entering the final round of the PGA, Olesen was the wrong side of the mark on both lists. On the world list he is competing with players such as Paul Casey and Ian Poulter, who could claim points in the first FedEx Cup playoff event in New Jersey next week.

But it is the list of Europe that offers Olesen its best chance. Three events remain and the four players that precede him will not play in any of them.

To pass Tommy Fleetwood in fourth position, the English would be transferred to the world list, where he would replace Casey, who occupied the eighth place (I told you it was complicated). Olesen will probably need a final top-3 this week or what is destined to be an emotional final qualifying event in Denmark at the end of the month.

"I'm trying not to think about that, but obviously it's difficult when you have a good chance to be part of the team," said the 28-year-old.

"Being a good friend of the captain, I've always felt that I had to be in the top eight because I do not want it to become a friendly decision."

Olesen can be a quiet guy, but when he is in his game he is not afraid of anyone. It is also a wonderful putter, a wonderful asset at any time, but priceless in a Ryder Cup.

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