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Gall' plans to dislodge Mac from automatic selection

STEPHEN Gallacher believes he has already had the best year of his career as he seeks one more good performance to secure a Ryder Cup debut on home soil.

Gallacher is the only man capable of moving into the automatic qualifying places in the final counting event, a top-two finish in the Italian Open enough to dislodge former US Open champion Graeme McDowell from the team.

The 39-year-old has won three times on the European Tour, with a successful title defence in the Dubai Desert Classic in February followed by five more top-10 finishes this season.

Gallacher will draw on his experiences in the desert as he looks to follow in the footsteps of his uncle Bernard, who played in the biennial event eight times and went on to captain the European side on three occasions.

"I can only control what I do with my own game and my own golf ball. I know that I can get into the team by finishing first or second so that is what I am going to try and do," said Gallacher, who lives just 35 miles from Ryder Cup venue Gleneagles.

"As long as I have that target in mind and that is still mathematically possible then that is all I am really going to be focusing on for the moment.