Stephen Gallacher hopeful of Gleneagles Johnnie Walker win

By Phil GoodladBBC Scotland at Gleneagles
Scottish golfer Stephen Gallacher
Gallacher made the cut at this year's Open at Sandwich

Stephen Gallacher is confident that he has the game to win the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles this week.

Gallacher is joined in the field by defending champion Edoardo Molinari, Colin Montgomerie and 2012 Ryder Cup captain Josie Maria Olazabal.

But the Scot, who last won in 2004, is confident ahead of the £1.4m tournament, which begins on Thursday.

"You just hope you've prepared enough to be able to close it out come the stretch," he said.

"To win would be great. It's all about the preparation."

Gallacher plays his first round alongside Sweden's Johan Edfors and Seung-yul Noh of Korea.

And the Scot is impressed by the strength of competition on offer at the Perthshire course.

"I think the field's great this year, I think it's testament to the tournament how good a field they've got.

"It's great for the Scottish public to come and be able to see Ryder Cup players and guys high up in the order of merit and world rankings."

Following a good 2010, Gallacher has played in three of this year's majors, finishing in a tie for 57th at The Open but missing the cut at the US Open and US PGA.

His form has been patchy this season but he was buoyed by a third place finish at last month's Irish Open.

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