Stephen Gallacher turns off to Ryder Cup

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Stephen Gallacher admits that checking on the Ryder Cup standings time and time again would drive him mad.


On the eve of the Scottish Open, the 39-year-old said he doesn’t obsess over the qualification standings for European captain Paul McGinley’s team – even though he’s in with a fighting chance of making the side for the match at Gleneagles later this year.

“If I was to look at the Ryder Cup points list, I would go stir crazy,” Gallacher joked. “There are so many permutations.”

Instead, the Scot insists he is focused on playing well week-in week-out. In good form of late, he’s looking for a big week at Royal Aberdeen - a course he likes.

“The course is in unbelievable condition,” said the world No.37. “The fairways are perfect. and the greens are so pure it’s unbelievable. It’s an old fashioned links course and a brilliant test.”

The variety of shots he can take on around the venue for this week’s Scottish Open is something Gallacher considers a great challenge and he is confident he is well prepared for all the prestigious links will throw at him.
"It’s a great test of the character of your mind." - Stephen Gallacher

He said: “You can play a hole five different ways, it’s a great test of the character of your mind. I’m trying to prepare for all manners of weather, It’s great practice for Hoylake .”

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Bathgate man Gallacher also insists he doesn’t feel burdened by the tag of being Scotland’s best player. “There’s only pressure if I let it get to me,” he said. “It’s just a case of you’ve got to thrive on it.”

Instead, the Dubai Desert Classic champion says he welcomes the crowds set to follow him. “It’s great playing in front of your home fans and your family. It can spur you on.”

Watch Stephen Gallacher in the Scottish Open


Stephen Gallacher tees off at 1pm on Thursday and is paired with Lee Westwood and Justin Rose. Check out the full draw here.

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