Stephen Gallacher will need to prove Ryder Cup worth

Stephen Gallacher has been described as 'great' by Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, but he will need to prove his worth for selection. Pic: Getty

Stephen Gallacher has been described as 'great' by Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, but he will need to prove his worth for selection. Pic: Getty

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European captain Paul McGinley believes Stephen Gallacher would be a “great” member of his Ryder Cup team at Gleneagles, but he warned the Lothians star along with the other home hopefuls that he won’t pick a Scot on sentiment

“I’m looking for form first and foremost,” said McGinley in Dublin yesterday as he announced Sam Torrance and Des Smyth as his first two vice captains for September’s showdown.

“I would be lying if I said it isn’t important to have a home Scottish player on the team, but it’s not essential. Stevie Gallacher has just won in Dubai, he’s a great guy and I know he would be great in a Ryder Cup.

“But he knows, as I do, that he’s going to have to produce a strong summer to make the team.”

The same, added McGinley, applies to former major winners Paul Lawrie and Padraig Harrington.

Both are well down the qualifying list at present – but McGinley says there’s still time for them to make a strong late push.

“There’s no question Padraig’s still got a chance,” he insisted. “If Padraig had a strong summer someone would be made in the head not to take him.

“I played a practice round with him at Pebble Beach and he is not far away.

“Paul Lawrie is exactly the same – it’s about showing me why you want a pick and that means consistency of results.”