Scott Drummond returns to action at Gleneagles
Scott Drummond's surprise win in last month's Volvo PGA Championship means he is now targeting a Ryder Cup debut.
The 30-year-old British rookie is back in action this week at the Diageo Championship on the PGA Centenary course at Gleneagles that will stage the 2014 Ryder Cup match with the US.
"It's quite hard for me to comprehend, but I'm in a great position now (for a Ryder Cup place)," Drummond said on Wednesday.
"I'm now aware that if I can string a few nice steady results together, there is a chance. I would be foolish not to try and consider playing myself into the team.
"If I can play the same golf in the next few weeks as I did at Wentworth, then I'd feel I'd earned it."
The English-born Scot, who opted to take his father's nationality, lies three places away from the 10th and final automatic qualification place on the European joint Ryder Cup table after his astonishing success at Wentworth which also propelled him into the world's top 100.
Drummond begins the tournament, which starts on Thursday, in 96th spot on the world rankings, up from 435th place.
Ninth on the European money-list and virtually certain of becoming rookie of the year, Drummond has raised his sights to include a Ryder Cup place, one of the two Scottish World Cup spots, and finishing place in the top 10 of Europe's order of merit.
"My main goal was to win rookie of the year, not just keep my card, but now I'm in a couple of majors where I want to perform as well as I can, and the only tournament I have where I can represent Scotland is the World Cup, so that's a big goal for me," said Drummond.
Drummond closed with a flawless eight-under-par 64 for victory at Wentworth, outplaying the likes of Vijay Singh and Ernie Els.
World number two Els advised Drummond not to change anything after his win.
"He (Els) said 'Be yourself, don't try and change to be something you're not. Just do what you've been doing and if you get a few good weeks, enjoy it.
"I'm mentally strong, I've proved just what I can do, and at the moment, I'm not looking to change anything," said Drummond, who refuses to look at the leaderboards around a course in order to concentrate on his shots.
Also in the field at Gleneagles is Colin Montgomerie, who attempts to boost his chances of an automatic place in the British Open after a poor finish for a share of 15th in last week's Wales Open.
A second tour title of the year, with a first prize of $428,000, would go a long way to Montgomerie avoiding the need to qualify for the Royal Troon major.
Last year's winner Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen defends his title.
The Ryder Cup table sixth-placed player, Paul Casey, misses the event in Scotland, as does Simon Khan, who caused another European Tour surprise when beating him in a playoff for the Wales Open title.
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