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Last chance for Ryder Cup qualification

August 28, 2014

Stephen Gallacher has claimed that he will be looking to enjoy the pressure of attempting to qualify for the European Ryder Cup team this week.

The 39-year-old will need to finish in the top two at the Italian Open to claim the final automatic spot in Paul McGinley's team, and he is relishing the challenge of reaching the competition for the first time.

“If I play well and finish in the top two then I am a Ryder Cup player and that is something that I have dreamed about my whole life.

“It’s quite funny that everyone’s asking if am nervous about the week ahead but the best place for me to be at the moment is on the golf course.

“That is where I can think about my next shot and my processes and block the other stuff out. It is when you come off the course that you just cannot escape it.

“Everyone wants to ask about The Ryder Cup, or talk to you about it or just wish you all the best which is all great but, as I said, it makes it very difficult to get it out of your mind which is what a part of you wants to do.

“But the whole thing is really exciting for me – that is the main feeling I have.

“To be a Scotsman who lives 35 miles from Gleneagles trying to get into the team brings a lot of hope and expectation and pressure, but most of all it is an exciting week for me.”

"It was the same kind of feeling I had earlier this year in Dubai when I was defending my title and was paired with Rory (McIlroy) and Tiger (Woods) in the first two rounds. I just embraced it and enjoyed it.

"This has been a year-long process to try and make the Ryder Cup team and I am still in there with a chance to qualify by rights and I am actually quite proud of that.

"I had to have the best year of my career to try and make the team and I have done that so far - I just need one more big week and that is what I am trying to do."

Graeme McDowell is currently in possession of the final spot in the European team.

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