Viktor Hovland eyes European Ryder Cup team ahead of BMW PGA debut

Ahead of making his European Tour professional debut at the BMW PGA Championship, viktor Hovland has set his sights on breaking into Europe’s Ryder Cup team.
This week’s event in Wentworth marks the start of a campaign that is qualifying to secure a location at Padraig Harrington’s team for its 2020 competition, with Hovland playing the captain for the first two rounds of Europe.
Hovland has created a smooth transition into professional golf after a stellar amateur career, observing top-20 ends in five of his last six PGA Tour starts and securing his card through the Korn Ferry Tour Finalstogether with the Deadly now targeting a place in Europe’s team for Whistling Straits.
“That might mean everything to become part of the team,” Hovland said. “I like college golf so much, even though professional golf is actually cool, I still think about the times we had in college.
“There is nothing better than winning a tournament for a team, and hopefully 1 day I’ll be part of a winning Ryder Cup team.
“I shot a few weeks off two weeks before, and I got a bit rusty, but it was pleasant to have a break in and recharge batteries. I know what I have and that’s kind of the thing that is main. I’d love to improve a good deal of things, but it is what it is.”
The Rolex Series event bid to become the tournament’s fourth Spanish champion and also the first since Miguel Angel Jimenez’s play-off success in 2008 is arrived in by jon Rahm.
Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal are the other success stories at Wentworth, join that exclusive club and with Rahm seeking to enroll a second win of the year.
“Any time I can combine or I can have my name connect Spanish golf course, it’d be fantastic,” Rahm said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to perform it at the Eastern Open, that meant a great deal to me, my very first win on the European Tour.
“To take action the flagship event, a tournament that a lot of individuals look forward to, it would be wonderful to be the fourth one to get there and put in it for Spanish golf.
“Anytime I can join the likes of 2 main champions and potentially the most intriguing man in golf, I would be quite happy and very jaded by it.”
Watch the BMW PGA Championship through the week live on Sky Sports. Live coverage begins on Thursday from 9am on Sky Sports Golf and 10.30am on Sky Sports Main Event.

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