Gal­lacher hopes new driver can pro­duce same old Dubai magic

The Herald - Sport - - GOLF - BERNIE MCGUIRE

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.

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