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Gallacher targeting a late surge into Ryder Cup plans

By Staff Reporter

Stephen Gallacher has not given up on making Europe's Ryder Cup team as he hopes for a new lease of life following surgery.

The 41-year-old returns to action at the Shenzhen International in China this week after undergoing hand surgery, which has ruled him out since February.

Gallacher had been playing with a hand problem since May last year, and missed several tournaments through the injury.

The Scot, who played in Europe's victory at Gleneagles in 2014, is in 49th place in the European points list and needs an upturn in form to make Darren Clarke's team to face the USA in Hazeltine in September and October. "I had a niggle at the end of the year when the Ryder Cup points start so there's not much you can do," Gallacher said. "It came at the wrong time.

"It's going to be a tall ask to get in the Ryder Cup now but you never know, you only need to hit form at the right time, win a few events and all of a sudden you are back up there.

"It's still sore, so it's just managing that. I'm practising hard and I have to go through the pain barrier a bit."

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