Stephen Gallacher ready to make dream debut at Masters

Stephen Gallacher is up to 37th in the world
Stephen Gallacher is up to 37th in the world
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Stephen Gallacher’s Masters debut was confirmed today after the Lothians star moved up one spot to 37th in the world rankings.

The Scot needed to be sitting inside the top 50 to secure his first Augusta National invitation.

Gallacher had given himself some leeway as the second and final cut-off for coveted spots in next week’s first men’s major of the season loomed.

And it was mission accomplished as he swapped places in the standings with former world No. 1 Lee Westwood.

The 39-year-old is set to be one of only two Scots in the field, joining 1988 winner Sandy Lyle.

It completes the set of majors for Gallacher, who recorded a career-best finish in the US when tying for sixth in the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami last month.

Before Gallacher gets his first taste of major action this season, Catriona Matthew will be aiming to make her presence felt in this week’s Kraft Nabisco Championship in California.

She warmed up for that event by finishing joint-39th in the Kia Classic, won by Swede Anna Nordqvist after a closing 67 in Carlsbad.

Closer to home, the Lothians men’s team completed a series of trial matches for the new season with a 6.5-1.5 win over Duddingston.