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Bernard Gallacher calls for the Ryder Cup format to be modified

Bernard Gallacher (Kenny Smith Photography)
Bernard Gallacher (Kenny Smith Photography)

BERNARD GALLACHER has called for a change in the format of the Ryder Cup.

In his column in today’s Sunday Post, the former European captain labelled the fact that four players from both sides sit out every session of foursomes and fourballs as ‘outdated.’

“The Ryder Cup is a wonderful event but it is time we modified the format,” he wrote.

“Many of you will probably be sat at home thinking there is no need to change anything.

“But I strongly believe four players from both sides sitting out every session of foursomes and fourballs is outdated.

“There should be five fourballs and five foursomes in every session instead of four, making the overall match worth 32 points.”

Gallacher, who called on Europe to summon their underdog spirit against the hotly tipped Americans, added: “Here in France, we have 20 of the world’s top 25 taking part. But at least four of those will miss out on action at some point on Friday or Saturday.

“That is a shame for them, but it’s an even bigger shame for the huge galleries on the course and the large TV audience.

“Organisers would tell me that they could not squeeze in an extra two matches per day on the first two days. Rubbish! Players would just have to play a little bit faster.

“Four more points would not tip the balance in favour of one team or the other and we would soon get used to 16.5 being the magic number to win the Ryder Cup.”