The BMW PGA Championship is underway at Wentworth, and Justin Rose is off to a solid start in his last-minute Ryder Cup bid

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Watch the BMW PGA Championship Golf all week to see if the five-time Ryder Cup player can escape having to rely on a captain’s decision for Padraig Harrington’s Ryder Cup team.

Justin Rose is hopeful that his good start at the BMW PGA Championship would help him gain a spot in Europe’s Ryder Cup team.

Rose has played in five of the last six European teams, but he is now outside of Padraig Harrington’s automatic qualification spots, meaning he would need a captain’s choice to make the trip to Whistling Straits.

Watch the BMW PGA Championship on Sky Sports Golf all week to see if the five-time Ryder Cup player can escape having to rely on a captain’s decision for Padraig Harrington’s Ryder Cup team.

Justin Rose is hopeful that his good start at the BMW PGA Championship would help him gain a spot in Europe’s Ryder Cup team.

Rose has played in five of the last six European teams, but he is now outside of Padraig Harrington’s automatic qualification spots, meaning he would need a captain’s choice to make the trip to Whistling Straits.

The only way Rose can qualify automatically is to win at Wentworth, where he has finished runner-up twice, and the Englishman is off to a promising start with a 67 in the first round.

“Everyone’s looking at me now, which is fantastic,” Rose told Sky Sports. “That’s a good start because I can concentrate on the bright side, which is me winning the tournament and earning a spot on the squad by default.

“Plan A is plainly [winning], whereas Plan B is everything else. I didn’t realise how many situations were still in play with so many players this week, so there’s a lot to work out over the next few days.

“Today was a crucial round. It was wonderful to get off on the right foot because I believed the golf course was playing in a way where it would be simple to shoot one or two over and be fighting and struggling for it.”

Bernd Wiesberger, who began the week with the strongest chance to break into the automatic qualification spots, rallied from three bogeys in his first six holes to shoot a 71 in the first round.

With a tied-50th place finish this week, the Austrian may leapfrog Rory McIlroy on the European Points List. He birdied the 11th and 17th holes before holing a 35-foot eagle on the 18th green to complete the day under par.

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