Debut has come at just the right time, says proud Gallacher

Wed Sep 24, 2014 6:32am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - Stephen Gallacher has had to wait 19 years to bring his Ryder Cup dreams to life but the seasoned European Tour campaigner believes the timing is just about perfect.

The 39-year-old Scottish rookie is as proud as punch to finally be involved in golf's biggest grudge match especially as he will be making his debut against the United States on his own doorstep.

"It was my lifetime ambition, it was my goal to get here," Gallacher told a news conference on Wednesday.

"I am very excited and it's all a bit surreal still because I live so close but it's one I'm embracing. I'm just trying to use the positive energy.

"I think I am a better golfer and I think I feel ready to play now," said Gallacher who lives in the town of Linlithgow, a 30-minute drive from Gleneagles.

"It's been hard, you make a lot of sacrifices and do a lot of hard work and it's paid off to be here in Scotland. As a proud Scot, a couple of days out before the tournament, I just can't wait."

The Ryder Cup rookie, who turned professional in 1995, is the nephew of Bernard Gallacher, three-times a European captain in the 1990s.

The 2013 and 2014 Dubai Desert Classic champion said his uncle had given him a few tips on how to keep a lid on his excitement before the matches get underway with Friday morning's fourballs.   Continued...

The European team line up for a photograph ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 23, 2014. Back row (L-R) Victor Dubuisson, Jamie Donaldson, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson,Thomas Bjorn, Stephen Gallacher, Graeme McDowell and Sergio Garcia. Front row (L-R)  Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, captain Paul McGinley, Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN  - Tags: SPORT GOLF TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)