Earlier today, Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley announced his three wildcard picks ahead of the clash at Gleneagles and they are: Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and rookie
Stephen Gallacher, meaning that Luke Donald will not make a fifth appearance for Team Europe this year.
Whilst Westwood and Poulter have Ryder Cup pedigree, Gallacher’s the one in form – as well as a win, he’s recorded 7 other top 10s this year, his most recent coming at last week’s Italian Open, where he finished third - one shot away from automatically qualifying.
“My performance in 2004 in the very, very last event to just get in front and make the team; I look back on that as probably my proudest moment as a professional golfer. Stevie will feel like that this morning. What he did, how he did it – all credit to him. I spoke last week about dashing for the finishing line, being gravitated towards the finishing line, being excited about the finishing line [and] Stevie did all of those, so all credit to him.
His first words were that’s brilliant wee man. Of course it’s a concern for me that he’s a rookie and it’s very difficult to pick a rookie in a Ryder Cup but I’ve said all along from day one [that] I’m not afraid to pick a rookie if he proves himself and there’s no doubt that Stevie Gallacher has proved himself and earned his spot on this team.”
Meanwhile, one person who’ll be aiming to make the US team after his victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday is Chris Kirk.
The 29-year-old’s final round 66 saw him beat Geoff Ogilvy, Russell Henley and Billy Horschel by two shots – he will now hope that his position at the top of the Fedex Cup standings puts him in good stead for one captain Tom Watson’s three wildcard picks later today...
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