Ryder Cup: Stephen Gallacher picked for Europe

Stephen Gallacher has been in fine recent form. Pic: Getty

Stephen Gallacher has been in fine recent form. Pic: Getty

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LOTHIANS golfer Stephen Gallacher has been picked by Europe captain Paul McGinley to play in the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles later this month.

The Bathgate man, 39, was selected by McGinley alongside Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood as a wildcard to be part of the 12-strong team to face the US on the weekend of September 26-28.

Gallacher had come agonisingly close to securing an automatic place by finishing third in the Italian Open on Sunday, just one shot out of the share of second place he required.

Westwood, meanwhile, has made eight consecutive appearances since making his debut in 1997, winning 21 points from 37 matches.

For Poulter – nicknamed ‘Mr Ryder Cup’ – it is the third time he has needed a wild card to make the team, but he has raised his game on every occasion and none more so than at Medinah in 2012 when he won all four of his matches to take his record to an amazing 12 victories out of 15.

McGinley’s wild card selections mean there is no place for former world No.1 Luke Donald.

Europe team: Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Victor Dubuisson, Thomas Bjorn, Jamie Donaldson, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Stephen Gallacher.