Stephen Gallacher headed home in relaxed mood last night despite seeing his Ryder Cup preparations cut short with a missed cut in the ISPS Handa Wales Open at Celtic Manor.
Gallacher, from Bathgate, had not played competitively since coming agonisingly close to sealing an automatic place on the European team for Gleneagles before being named as one of captain Paul McGinley’s three wild cards.
The rust showed as he struggled to an opening 78 on Thursday with seven bogeys and no birdies, and a second round of 70 was not enough to avoid an early exit.
“Thursday was quite tough,” Gallacher admitted after a round containing two birdies – both on par fives – and one bogey. “It was tough to get going and get my head around it but Friday was a lot better. I was maybe trying a wee bit too hard on Thursday and still thinking about next week.
“I feel good, I’m physically and mentally good so I am really looking forward to next week. I’ll relax this weekend and maybe play nine holes with Thomas (Bjorn) on Monday morning.”
Team-mate Bjorn, who played alongside Gallacher at Celtic Manor, added a 69 to his opening 71 to lie two under par.