He might have come away with zero points from his two matches but Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher insists that he relished every moment of his Ryder Cup debut at Gleneagles.
After losing heavily alongside Ian Poulter on the opening morning of the contest – going down 5&4 to US rookies Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth – Gallacher didn’t reappear until Sunday’s singles session, where he was dumped 3&1 by five-time major winner Phil Mickelson.
However, the 39-year-old, pictured above with caddie Damian Moore, insisted the experience of being part of a winning team meant more to him than his own individual disappointments.
“It’s been brilliant, to be honest,” said Gallacher. “It just couldn’t be better. The first tee today, I’ll remember it as long as I live. Unbelievable. It’s just been great and it’s been an awesome experience for me. Something I’ll cherish forever.”
"Stephen Gallacher is a class act. He’s a quality guy." - Phil Mickelson
Gallacher also paid tribute to European captain Paul McGinley for the meticulous manner in which he assembled and led his ultimately victorious side.
“Paul has been exceptional,” said the Scot. “He’s had a plan and he’s worked it to the letter every day and, now, it’s paid off.”
Mickelson, meanwhile, was full of praise for Gallacher, who was making his debut in the match, and the Scottish crowds who attended all three days of the match.
“I’ve had a chance to get to know Stephen and he’s a class act,” said the popular left-hander. “He’s a quality guy.
“What I was pleasantly surprised with was, even though I know there’d be a huge home bias from the crowd, the people were terrific and very respectful. I was definitely very pleasantly surprised by that.”
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