Stephen Gallacher warms up for Desert Classic

Stephen Gallacher Picture: Getty Images
Stephen Gallacher Picture: Getty Images
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Stephen Gallacher was ready to go into test mode in Dubai today but won’t rush to replace the driver used to outgun world No.1 Rory McIlroy.

Few players hit it further in the modern game than McIlroy but Gallacher did just that on a number of occasions as the Ryder Cup team-mates played together in the Abu Dhabi Invitational at Yas Links yesterday.

They’ll lock horns again in the Middle East when Gallacher defends the Omega Dubai Desert Classic title for the second year running at the Emirates later this week.

And the Lothians star admitted he’d need to be mighty impressed at a TaylorMade testing session to be tempted to take on McIlroy with a different driver.

“They’ve got the new R15 out and it will be interesting to see if it can match or beat the one I’ve got,” said Gallacher.

Five-under with three to play – he was three ahead of McIlroy at the time – Gallacher lost a ball at the 16th with his only drive that missed the fairway.

Due to the fact just the top three won prizes, Gallacher opted to not go back to the tee so ended up with a no return but he was pleased with how he hadd played, especially after it came on the back of a closing 67 in the Qatar Masters on Saturday.

Now the Bathgate man is looking forward to his title defence and says he’s going into the event with nothing to lose.

“It’s easier to be going into an event as defending champion and last year I had no expectations at all,” he said.

“I’ll just go there again with the same gameplan.”