European Ryder Cup rookie Alex Noren believes he can take confidence from having won already on the competition course this summer.

The Swede lifted the French Open title at Le Golf National in July, his European team-mate Jon Rahm finishing two shots behind, having come from seven shots back in the final round.

He hopes that victory will help him this week as he tries not to think about the expectations on the host nation.

"It gave me a lot of confidence, but it is a totally different thing playing in a team opposed to as an individual," said the 36-year-old.

"It is hard to know how big it's going to be, but I try to take away all the expectations from outside.

"It's great that everyone here wants Europe to win, but it is easier to go within the team and within yourself and take it as a golf tournament." 

Fellow debutant Thorbjorn Olesen is a close friend of captain and compatriot Thomas Bjorn and so making the team this year feels extra special.

The Dane secured his automatic place at the Made in Denmark event, the final qualifying tournament, having won the Italian Open and had five other top-10 finishes on the European Tour.

"Ever since I got on the European Tour Thomas sort of took me under his wing and was a little bit of a mentor for me and we've got really close friends," said the 28-year-old.

"We spend a lot of time off the golf course being really good friends.

"So two years ago when he was announced captain it was definitely a big goal for me to try to achieve this, that is why I feel really proud of myself the way I handled things this summer.

"It meant the world I could qualify straight in as it would have been a really tough decision for Thomas with so many good players outside.

"I don't know if I'd have got the (captain's) pick."