Gallacher hopes new driver can produce same old Dubai magic
IN the t wo years since Stephen Gallacher captured a first Dubai Desert Classic title, he has used only two drivers. During the intervening period, Gallacher has driven the ball superbly to retain his Dubai Desert Classic title, contest an inaugural Masters and represent Europe for a first time in a Ryder Cup.
Now on the occasion of the 26th Dubai Desert Classic, when Gallacher could join just five players on the European Tour to have won three tour- naments in succession, he is considering putting a new driver in his bag.
He said: “I know this is an important week, as is any week out here on the Tour, given what I can accomplish but I do not have any reservations about putting a new driver in the bag.
“I had a big session using TrakMan with the new TaylorMade driver here at The Emirates Club on Monday, hitting about 60 balls, and the numbers I got back were positive. I gave them to my coach Alan (McCloskey) so he then phoned me back and said the numbers were brilliant.”
While Gallacher is confident about his new driver he played down thoughts of joining the rare club of Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam, Colin Montgomerie, Ernie Els and Tiger Woods to have won the same European Tour event three years running.
Gallacher said: “I do not really think about records. I have got expectations about what I want this week but I am not going to put myself under any more pressure. If it happens, brilliant. If it does not, I will be happy I have given 100 per cent as I do every week.
“You come to every tournament and all you can do is prepare properly to win. That is what you do every week, and it (winning) does not happen very often. That is the kind of nature of the game.
“So when you start to get outside that and you try too hard and start to pick targets and look at records, you can let yourself get distracted. It is a simple game of just trying to get out there and shoot as low as you can. My goal every week is to post as many birdies as I can.”
Meanwhile, Royal Troon — one of three male-only golf clubs on the Open Championship rota — has announced that it will undertake a comprehensive review of its membership to consider the most appropriate “policy for the future”.
After the decision of the Royal & Ancient, the game’s governing body, to allow female members, Royal Troon could be set to follow suit.