Rasmus Højgaard is determined to secure his PGA TOUR card through the DP World Tour's season-long points list ahead of his debut at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters hosted at Doha Golf Club.
Thanks to a strategic partnership between the two tours, ten players not already exempt on the Race to Dubai Rankings in partnership with Rolex can now earn status on the esteemed PGA TOUR.
Højgaard, a four-time DP World Tour winner, is only three spots away from clinching PGA TOUR membership next year and the opportunity to play alongside his twin brother, Nicolai, who has already secured his position in America.
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Speaking about his aspirations, Højgaard said, "Nicolai has been playing some good golf and he's got his card in America now, so I really want to go over there and join him so we can play together.
It's obviously the biggest goal I have for the rest of the year. I've set out a few goals at the start of the season to see if I can tick them off."
Despite the pressure, Højgaard is keeping a calm and composed attitude, "I'm trying to focus on the golf which I can sort of control and not let all the things around stress me out too much.
Some goals have been accomplished, some haven't, but this is definitely up there now and I'm really hoping I can play some good golf here in the last three events of the year."
With the stakes high and just three events left on the DP World Tour schedule, Højgaard is determined to put his best foot forward and chase after his ultimate goal with purpose and dedication.
After being crowned the first ever Danish winner of his national open in July, Højgaard's journey continued as he secured an impressive fourth place in the Cazoo Open de France tournament last month.
Currently ranked at Number 88 in the world, Højgaard's recent finishing position at Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters in Sotogrande was a tie for 26th place, but the talented golfer remains optimistic about his game.
Expressing his confidence, Højgaard stated, "I feel good.
The game has been showing some very promising signs over the last few months and I feel like I played well last week. Although I made a few mistakes due to the challenging windy conditions, I am taking some of the good stuff with me for this week."
Having previously missed the cut at Education City Golf Club in 2020 and 2021, Højgaard is making his third appearance at the Qatar Masters this week, marking his first experience of Doha Golf Club.
Reflecting on the sweltering conditions, he shared, "The course is good. The rough is up, meaning players will need to hit it pretty straight off the tee. I don't anticipate a low-scoring week, but four rounds under par should be good, especially if the wind picks up a little bit.
It's obviously very, very warm, but small adjustments such as using a cold towel around my neck could make a difference out there."
Jorge Campillo, a fellow victor of the DP World Tour this season, is determined to end the campaign on a high note.
After clinching his third DP World Tour win at the Magical Kenya Open in March, the Spanish golfer aims to secure a top-30 spot on the Race to Dubai. This exemption proved critical last season to qualify for the following year's Open Championship.
Despite admitting that his play has not been exceptional lately, Jorge maintains a consistent performance, following a top-20 finish last week on his home turf. He recognises he has not played as solidly as the first months of the year, but there is still room for improvement.
Jorge's ultimate goal is to achieve good results and reach the top 30, which will secure participation in The Open next year- a tremendous incentive.
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