Bjorn: Olazabal hasn't ruled me out for a wild-card Ryder Cup pick

Bjorn: Olazabal hasn’t ruled me out for a wild-card Ryder Cup pick

Thomas Bjorn may already be an assistant captain for Jose Maria Olazabal's Ryder Cup squad, but the 41-year-old Dane does not think that implies he cannot play on the Spaniard's team.

Bjorn, the defending champion at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, the final qualifying event for the European Ryder Cup team, thinks a successful defense could go a long way to helping his case.

“I don’t think when Jose Maria (Olazabal) asked me to be a vice captain he was ruling me out of playing on the team,” Bjorn said Wednesday. “So, I think he realizes that there are certain people, if they go and play well and win this week, he’ll have to think about them.”

Bjorn has won four times in the last three seasons, but has no wins this year. His does, however, have a pair of top-three finishes, including third in Abu Dhabi and a runner-up effort at the Wales Open.