Russell Knox says he must perform well in at least one of the Majors this year if he is to make Europe’s Ryder Cup team.

The Scot has made it clear he wants to be part of Darren Clarke’s side for the eagerly-awaited showdown against the USA at Hazeltine at the end of September and start of October.

He played alongside the European skipper Clarke for the first three rounds of the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship last week but struggled to make much of an impression as he finished with a three-under-par total of 69 to finish in joint 35th.

The 30-year-old will play in the Irish Open at The K Club, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart in the build-up to the Ryder Cup and knows he needs to impress in those tournaments to compete for a European place.

However, Knox says doing really well in any of the big four competitions will give him a better chance of securing a spot in Clarke’s set-up.

He said in the Scotsman: “I need to bring the heat to make his team, which is a good thing. It is not here, Wentworth, the Scottish Open or Irish Open that will determine if I make the team. It’s how I do in the majors. I need a big finish in one of them.”

Knox was disappointed with his overall performance in Abu Dhabi and in particular his putting as he targets an improvement.

He added: “I shot three-under and it could easily have been eight-under. Every day I’ve turned rounds at least two shots worse than they should have been and when you do that over four days you are going to be miles behind.

“I’ve got to figure out how to get the ball in the hole better. I’m used to these type of greens, so there are no excuses.”

Europe will be hoping to continue their recent dominance in the Ryder Cup this year with the USA winning only one of the last seven renewals, back in 2008 at Valhalla.

Europe and the USA are both rated at EVS to win the Ryder Cup outright and a tie can be backed at 9/1.