Gallacher betters uncle’s effort

Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher was delighted to make the cut on his Masters debut after a second round played in testing conditions at Augusta National.

Gallacher betters uncle’s effort

Gallacher added a 72 to his opening 71 with four birdies and four bogeys for a halfway total of one under par, that could look even better with the windstrengthening for yesterday’s late starters.

“I’m glad to be in the red numbers. It’s a bit tricky out there today,” saidthe 39-year-old, who qualified primarily by successfully defending his Dubai Desert Classic title earlier this season.

“The wind is a bit up and the greens are firming up, so I’m delighted with par.

“I probably could have [gone lower], but I got away with a few things and I got lucky on a couple of things. But I think that’s the course, if you get out of position a bogey’s good.

“I drove the ball well again today. I only missed one fairway but you’ve tokeep thinking, you’ve got to have acceptance levels that are high. It’s a verystrategic course.

“I think everybody back home knows how to play it, it’s just a case of tryingto do it that’s the hard part. Generally I would say if I missed a green oranything like that, you have to be happy with bogey.”

Gallacher’s uncle Bernard, the former Ryder Cup captain, missed the cut on his only Masters appearance in 1970, but his nephew admitted: “I wouldn’t have liked to have tried to play here with a bit of wood, to be honest, and that smallball. I think things have changed but I’m delighted with the position I’m in.”

Gallacher certainly seems to have learnt from his practice rounds with former champions Sandy Lyle and Jose Maria Olazabal, while his putting coach Dave Stockton was joint second behind Gary Player in 1974.

Stockton advised Gallacher to treat the tournament like any other, calling it the North Georgia Open, and Gallacher added: “He’s finished second before, so you got to give him a bit of credit. I don’t have any expectations, I’m just playing the course. But we’ll see what happens and just try to get into contention on Sunday.

“I know if I get upset it doesn’t help me, so there’s no point in doing it. Onthese courses it’s how you accept your shot. If you hit a bad one, it’s how you go on to the next one.”

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