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Far from being underwhelmed after the joy of his debut Ryder Cup victory, Stephen Gallacher was full of excitement prior to teeing off at the Alfred Dunhill Links this morning as he began his campaign over ‘three of the best courses in the world’.
The Scotsman teed off at 11:01am at Carnoustie with businessman Sir Martyn Arbib, who he partnered during his Dunhill Links triumph ten years ago.
“When you get the chance to play three of the best courses in the world, it's hard not to play them,” said the 39-year-old. “We don't get a chance too often to play these courses in links golf, something I grew up playing.
“The courses are brilliant and we never get a chance to play them and they are at their best right now. I can't believe how green they are.
"Whenever I get a chance to play links, I just jump at the chance." - Stephen Gallacher
“I've just been up to Kingsbarns and had a look at St Andrews, it’s so green. I can't wait to get on them.
“Whenever I get a chance to play links, I just jump at the chance. I absolutely love the different aspects of the game.”
He may be buoyed by the prospect of this week’s contest but, after his exertions during Ryder Cup week at Gleneagles, the world No.34 admits fatigue may be an issue for him over the East coast links.
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However, he hopes his knowledge of St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns will stand him good stead as he bids for his second title of the season, having won the Dubai Desert Classic in February.
“I'm a wee bit tired still just now, but had a couple of days at home and drove up this morning,” said the Bathgate man.
“I'm not going to overexert myself and try and play the three courses. I know them well anyway. Hopefully rest is going to be the key for me doing well this week.”
One Ryder Cup not enough for Stephen Gallacher
He may have lost out to Phil Mickelson on the last day, leaving him with no points to show for his efforts, but Stephen Gallacher says the Ryder Cup left him with memories he will cherish for a lifetime.
When asked his dream for the future, having fulfilled his Ryder Cup ambitions, Gallacher was in no doubt as to what he wants.
"Sunday was something that will live with me forever." - Stephen Gallacher
“To play in it again,” he answered. “I don't know how you can replicate that sort of level of intensity or the level of excitement.
“Standing on the first tee playing against Phil Mickelson on Sunday was something that will live with me forever, just the reception and the amount of people there. Speaking to a few of the guys after it, you just cannot wait to get back in to play it again.”