Ryder Cup: Stephen Gallacher's delight at Clarke captaincy

Stephen Gallacher
Stephen Gallacher was part of Europe's Ryder Cup-winning team at Gleneagles in 2014

Stephen Gallacher insists Darren Clarke was the outstanding candidate for Europe's 2016 Ryder Cup captaincy.

The Scot was a wildcard pick in 2014 by skipper Paul McGinley as Europe beat America 16.5-11.5 to retain the title at Gleneagles.

And he believes it was right that Northern Irishman Clarke was handed the captaincy ahead of Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thomas Bjorn.

"I thought it was an obvious choice," Gallacher told BBC Scotland.

"Taking nothing away from Miguel, I thought he was a great candidate and Thomas Bjorn as well, but I think Darren's credentials were just that little bit higher, especially in America.

Darren Clarke
Darren Clarke won four out of five Ryder Cups as a player

"He's well-liked in America, he's won big events out there, he's friendly with Davis Love. I think he'll be as meticulous as Paul McGinley and I think he'll be a captain everybody would love to play under."

After making his Ryder Cup bow in 2014, Gallacher is determined to be involved at Hazeltine in Minnesota in 2016, but remains adamant the stature afforded him by his Team Europe inclusion will not affect his personality.

"Once you play in one, you want to keep playing in it," added the 40-year-old.

"It's a bizarre week - we play most of our game as an individual, so to come together as a team from a whole continent, it's a weird thing but a brilliant thing.

"It's definitely been the best week of my golfing career, and I know it was in Scotland, but I'd definitely like to play in three or four more.

"It's not going to change me - playing in 10 Ryder Cups wouldn't change me, but you don't realise the enormity of it until you play in it. When there's six hundred million people worldwide watching the final day, that's when you realise it was a big event.

"I know my game's good enough to be at that level now. I feel comfortable now at all these events, the majors, going to America - it's a bit weird to start with but now it feels second-nature.

"My technique's getting better and better, and mentally, confidence-wise it's high just now."

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