RYDER Cup captain Thomas Bjorn has backed Tyrrell Hatton to secure his place in the European team for next year’s event in France.

The 25-year-old successfully defended his Dunhill Links title last weekend, which put him out in front in the fledgling points table for qualification for the event, and Bjorn is predicting “great things” for the Englishman.

“He’s a wonderful player and he’s got a great attitude towards the game,” Bjorn told the BBC.

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“He’s aggressive in his mind, he wants to achieve things and sometimes that might come across like people think he’s too aggressive, but that’s what you want from your players.

“You want young players that want to get out there and be the best they can be.

“He really has risen and become a player that has a very good chance of not just being there (at the Ryder Cup) in 12 months.”