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the cup next year. “Yes, I’d be ly­ing if I said oth­er­wise,” said Bjorn. “He’s strong, and he looks like he’s lov­ing it.

“There’s great tal­ent com­ing round and he just looks like a guy who wants to get his nose in there on a Sun­day, and in a Ry­der Cup – those are the play­ers you want.”

Bjorn, who has been in touch with Rahm al­ready, also ex­pects the likes of Tommy Fleet­wood and Tyrrell Hat­ton to press for places, de­spite their less im­pres­sive de­buts at Au­gusta. Both missed the cut.

“It’s a chang­ing of the guard,” said Bjorn. “It’s still dif­fi­cult to see a Ry­der Cup team with­out the likes of Rory McIl­roy, Justin Rose, Hen­rik Sten­son and Ser­gio Gar­cia – and you wouldn’t put it past Poults (Ian Poul­ter), Graeme McDow­ell and oth­ers to come back – but the group be­hind that is see­ing big changes. There’s just a much big­ger group.”

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