Let's cool it for now
James Corrigan headlines his article, "Paul McGinley ready to overlook Luke Donald after Stephen Gallacher's heroics at Italian Open" However Captain McGinley has yet to make a decision and is reported as saying, “His [Gallacher] performance this week will very strongly be in his favour when it comes to making the picks but there is a lot of emotion around here at the moment, let’s put a little bit of cold water on it."
The choice of Ian Poulter as a wild card pick is widely acknowledged as a no-brainer. As for the other two wild cards it's down to Gallacher, Westwood and Donald and I'm picking Luke Donald doesn't make it.
Sounds crazy to suggest that Luke with his excellent past performances at Ryder Cup events should fail to make it but this year's statistics suggest he's not the same Luke Donald as in days gone by. His excellent short game keeps him in the game as he goes through swing changes to his long game.
The changes being brought about by his need to be a more accurate with his driver. Luke has never been long off the tee and now he has acknowledged his lack of accuracy this works against him as a pick for Gleneagles. The course will play long even it's a drier than usual September in Scotland. Plus because of his length off the tee this means Lee Westwood is a better wild card pick.
He's the in-form guy; His local knowledge of Gleneagles and his record in past events played on the course; His length off the tee and a short game whilst not matching Luke's stellar short game isn't to shabby.
As to the man who, "would be the golfing equivalent of the man who shot Bambi" if he didn't select Gallacher all I'll say is, "The best of Irish luck."
For sure he would be a Ryder Cup rookie player but to suggest Stephen's lack of international team-event experience is a valid reason for omitting him from the team just isn't right.
Let me list them. Eisenhower Trophy, World Cup, Seve Trophy, Royal Trophy, EurAsia cup and last but decidedly not least the Walker Cup.
In 1995 Stephen Gallacher played against an American Walker Cup team which included Tiger Woods. Stephen won both his singles matches on this occasion which the Independent newspaper described as, "Walker Cup glory as Americans humbled"
Stephen has been around for a very long time and now it's his time to take his place on a Ryder Cup team.
Here's the link to James
Quote of the Day
"This was Gallacher’s seventh top 10 in his last 12 starts, which is an extraordinary run. - James Corrigan