Gallacher's home RC debut spoiled by Spieth, Reed


GLENEAGLES, Scotland – It was a storybook tale for Stephen Gallacher to play the Ryder Cup in his native country, but the fairytale didn’t continue when he took to the course for Friday morning’s fourball match.

Gallacher and teammate Ian Poulter lost 5 and 4 to the American duo of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed.

“Took me maybe five or six holes to get into it,” he admitted afterward. “I was a bit out of rhythm. But I would rather have the fans on you and cheering for you than not, if that's what you mean. I don't feel any more pressure at all, to be honest.”

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Gallacher enjoyed the reception he received from the Scottish galleries, especially to start the round.

“It was a special reception on the first tee, something that I definitely will remember for the rest of my life,” he said. “It was just euphoric, really. It was very exciting. It was good to walk on with Ian, as well, who has been there and done it a few times. Yeah, the first tee in a Ryder Cup is special, but obviously special in your own country. Takes it to another level I think. But it was what I expected, basically, and a bit more.”