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Viktor Hovland deserves a spot on the European team as the US qualifiers draw to a close

Viktor Hovland plays his second Ryder Cup.

Hovland officially earned a spot in Team Europe for the upcoming Ryder Cup on Tuesday. Hovland now joins Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm, who qualified last week.

Hovland made his Ryder Cup debut in 2021, going 0-3-2 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. Hovland was the first Norwegian player to ever represent Europe in the event. He will now play in his first Ryder Cup on European soil when the event kicks off outside Rome on September 29.

The 25-year-old currently ranks No. 5 in the Official World Golf Rankings and No. 7 in the FedExCup standings heading into this week’s BMW Championship in Illinois – the second of three PGA Tour playoff events. Hovland racked up seven top-10 finishes this season and picked up his fourth career win in a playoff at the Memorial Tournament in June. He hasn’t missed a single cut either.

Hovland finished in the top-20 in all four major championships this season, including a T2 finish at the PGA Championship and a T7 run at the Masters, and he finished T3 at The Players Championship. He finished T13 at the FedEx St. Jude Championship last week.

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The European qualification runs until September 3. Qualifying for the US Ryder Cup team ends Sunday after the BMW Championship. Captain Zach Johnson will then make his six captain picks to round out the 12-man squad. Scottie Scheffler and Wyndham Clark have already qualified for the Americans.

Here’s a look at the state of play heading into the BMW Championship:

Viktor Hovland took third place in the European Ryder Cup team on Tuesday, along with Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy. (Tracy Wilcox/PGA TOUR /etty Images)

American team standings

As of August 15, 2023

US Qualifying ends after BMW Championship

1.Scottie Scheffler | Qualified
2. Wyndham Clark | Qualified
3.Patrick Cantlay | 10,614,750 points
4.Brian Harman | 10,310,539 points
5. Brooks Koepka | 9,421,145 points
6. Max Homa | 8,848,764 points

On The Bubble

7. Xander Schauffele | 8,830,269 points
8.Jordan Spieth | 8,066,332 points
9. Cameron Young | 7,795,308 points
10. Collin Morikawa | 7,503,480 points
11.Keegan Bradley | 7,468,474 points
12. Sam Burns | 7,002,703 points

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European team standings

As of August 15, 2023

European qualification ends on September 3

1. Rory McIlroy | Qualified
2. Jon Rahm | Qualified
3. Victor Hovland | Qualified
4.Robert Macintyre | 1,743.57 points
5. Jannik Paul | 1,652.9 points
6. Adrian Meronk | 1,614.21 points

On The Bubble

7.Tommy Fleetwood | 1,534.37 points
8. Victor Perez | 1,527.95 points
9. Rasmus Hojgaard | 1,516.86 points
10. Adrian Otaegui | 1,375.21 points
11. Shane Lowry| 1,290.23 points
12. Tyrrell Hatton | 1,253.01 points

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