Nicolai Hojgaard. DP World Tour

Danish star Nicolai Højgaard insists he is not getting distracted by Ryder Cup talk as he focuses on winning the Czech Masters in Prague.

The 22-year-old is one behind Alexander Bjork at the Albatross Golf Resort, and is out of the running in the points lists for the European team, but may turn Luke Donald’s head and get in contention for a captain’s pick with performances like the one on Friday.

A blemish-free 67 on Friday took him to 12-under thanks to five birdies to go with his Thursday 65.

“I didn’t drive it as well as I did yesterday, it was playing a little bit more tricky out there. I hit some good approach shots and rolled a couple of putts,” Højgaard said. “I’m really happy being bogey-free in a round like this when I feel like it wasn’t as good. There’s work to do at the weekend and I’m looking forward to it.

“Everyone in this field wants to play in the Ryder Cup. You can feel it getting closer.

“The only thing you can do is focus on yourself, do your preparation, do your work, go out and do your best and hopefully we can be in Luke’s mind when we get to after Switzerland. We are just trying to go out and do as good as we can, hopefully that’ll be good enough.”