Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher will head out onto the PGA Centenary Course tomorrow having played just 14 holes at the Ryder Cup after Paul McGinley opted not to pick him for this afternoon’s foursomes.
Gallacher, 39, and American star Webb Simpson are the only two players this week to play one match before the singles gets underway. Gallacher was the only European player not to feature today.
Both Stephen Gallacher and Webb Simpson were wild card picks by their captains.
Twitter users have their say on Stephen Gallacher not featuring this afternoon.
For this afternoon’s foursomes, European captain Paul McGinley also benched Ian Poulter – Stephen Gallacher’s partner on Friday morning – Thomas Bjorn, and Henrik Stenson. The Swede complained of a sore back during his sensational round with Rose in the morning – where the pair set a Ryder Cup better-ball record of 12-under-par.
Rookie Gallacher said it took him “a few holes to kind of settle in” on the Friday morning after being given a shock start in Match 3 on day one. “We never really holed any putts,” said Gallacher afterwards. “You have to got to have birdies in this format.”
US fans soak up the atmosphere at Gleneagles - complete with American-style kilts. There are said to be under 4,000 US fans on-site this week.
The Postman finally clocks in for his shift. Ian Poulter chips in on 15 this morning.
The Dubai Desert Classic champion – who has a fantastic record over the PGA Centenary Course – added that he didn’t feel under pressure to perform but just couldn’t get any rhythm going. “It's a team game,” he said. “It's not down to me or anything like that, and I know the fans here are very partisan and they will be cheering us on for the next couple of days. I'm sure that they might become the 13th man.”
The captains’ decisions this week have been under the microscope more than ever thanks to social media, with US captain Tom Watson taking the most heat yesterday for dropping the high-flying rookie pairing of Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth for the afternoon foursomes. The duo were said to be “very upset” at Watson’s decision. The US side only picked up a half-point in the session.
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