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Peter Hanson
Peter Hanson: Will be playing in his second Ryder Cup.

Peter Hanson: Will be playing in his second Ryder Cup.


Prior to qualification for the 2010 Ryder Cup, few casual golf fans would have even known of the 34-year-old Swede, but since then he has proved himself one of the most quietly impressive players in European golf.

Fact Box

  • When he was a boy, it was his dream to play tennis at Wimbledon.
  • In late March, Hanson accepted Special Temporary Membership on the PGA Tour for 2012.
  • Hanson qualified for the 2009 US Open by making a hole-in-one in a sudden-death play-off at Walton Heath.

He won twice in 2010 to earn his debut at Celtic Manor, the second win was essential to earn his spot so came under the greatest of pressure.

His debut in Wales was mixed. He won one match and lost another with Miguel Angel Jimenez, and was drummed 4&2 by Phil Mickelson in the singles. But he has continued his rise up the game.

Hanson warmed up for Medinah by adding another win to his CV with victory in the KLM Open in the Netherlands whilst 2012 has also seen him continue his development as a solid major championship performer.

He was tied seventh at last year's US Open, very nearly won this year's Masters before finishing third and was tied seventh in last month's PGA Championship.

Curiously in both of those top finishes this year he hit embarrassing shanks with slightly comical results, but those shots are the exceptions that prove the rule - Hanson is one of the most solid players on the European Tour.