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Adrian Meronk has vowed to prove his doubters wrong after missing out on a place in Team Europe’s recent Ryder Cup triumph.

The 30-year-old, who was left out by Luke Donald, has admitted it was particularly tough to watch the match.

Speaking at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Meronk told “It was quite hard to watch it on TV, to be honest, especially with the memories I had from winning on the course.

“I’m just glad it’s all over. All it does is drive me, and it motivates me more to prove them wrong.”

Despite winning three times on the DP World Tour in the lead-up to the contest in Italy, Meronk was forced to sit out.

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A victory at Marco Simone in May was part of his consistent success, but he ultimately finished outside of the automatic European qualifying spots.

Captain Donald chose not to name Meronk as one of his six wildcard picks, which has turned into motivation, claims the German-born golfer.

He said: “I’ve forgotten about it and moved on, but it definitely makes me hungrier to be a part of the next team.

“I’m only focusing on my game now and not putting any additional pressure on myself, but it’s just about showing I’m good enough to be on the team.”

Meronk admits the disappointment came from ‘everything I’ve done over the last two years’, although argues where he plays golf could aid his future Ryder Cup chances.

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He has his eyes set on a renewed bid to wear blue and gold, as the historic rivalry heads to Bethpage Black, in New York, in 2025.

Meronk chose to play seven events on the PGA Tour this season, which took time away from accruing European qualification points.

He said: “Playing on the DP World Tour, I think that’s what you have to do for rankings and those things.

“I need to make sure I’m not relying on someone else’s decision, that’s the key thing, so maybe play more tournaments if I need to and focus on qualifying through points.”

Meronk is competing at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland this week. He made his professional debut at the event in 2016.

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John Turnbull A graduate of the University of Stirling, John joined the bunkered team in 2023 as a Content Producer, with a responsibility for covering all breaking news, tour news, grassroots content and much more besides. A keen golfer, he plays the majority of his golf at Falkirk Golf Club. Top of his 'bucket list' is a round of Pebble Beach... ideally in the company of Gareth Bale.

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