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Ryder Cup: Sergio Garcia expects Stephen Gallacher to shine

Ryder Cup rookie Stephen Gallacher may be battling to contain his excitement but European team-mate Sergio Garcia is convinced the Scot is ready for action.

Gallacher will fulfil a "lifetime ambition" to play in the competition when he tees off against the Americans at Gleneagles.

With the match taking place just 35 miles from his home in Linlithgow, the 39-year-old has plenty of extra reason for nerves but Garcia expects him to cope.

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Garcia, who is playing in his seventh Ryder Cup, said: "Stephen has been great. He's obviously very excited about it, not only because he's Scottish, but it's his first Ryder Cup.

"He's played really, really hard this year to be a part of this team, and you can see it in his eyes that he's willing and he's ready."

Gallacher admits there was a time when he thought the Ryder Cup might pass him by but watching the 2012 contest at Medinah unfold inspired him.

He said: "I definitely thought it had (gone), but I made a conscious effort a couple of years ago to get into this one. Especially for my generation, it's never going to be here again. It's a course I like in your home country."

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