Stephen Gallacher wants another crack at Amen Corner

Stephen Gallacher during his final round (Getty Images)
Stephen Gallacher during his final round (Getty Images)
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Stephen Gallacher is determined to ensure that he gets another chance to have his prayers answered in Amen Corner.

The Lothians star finished a respectable joint-34th at Augusta National after making the cut on his Masters debut.

It earned him a cheque for $48,600 (£29,000) and some valuable world ranking points in his bid to make the European team for September’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

“I’ve loved it,” said Gallacher after carding a closing two-under-par 70 to finish on six-over. “It’s been brilliant to play here.

“It’s all I expected it to be and more – and I definitely want to be back.”

Gallacher had gone into the final two rounds tied for tenth but tumbled down the field after an 81 on Saturday.

The main damage in that was caused in Amen Corner and over the course of the week he dropped a total of nine shots at the tenth and 11th alone.

“Three rounds of 72 or better is not bad your first experience,” he said. “I played well all week but was just a bit ropey with the putter on Saturday.

“I also took a double bogey at the tenth from the middle of the fairway, which was a bit of a shocker. But on the whole, I loved it.”

The 39-year-old is staying on in the US for this week’s PGA Tour event at Hilton Head, where some decent world ranking points are on offer.

But he expects to see plenty people walking about West Lothian wearing gear with the iconic Masters logo on it once he gets home. “I think my credit card got hit in the merchandise shop this week,” he laughed. “That means there’s going to be plenty of green Augusta stuff for friends back home.”