Golf: Gallacher still in demand

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The Independent Online
MOVES to persuade Bernard Gallacher to rescind his resignation as captain of the European Ryder Cup team are expected to gather momentum today when the cup committee convenes in London.

Gallacher, who led the last two European campaigns, resigned before September's defeat at The Belfry but has since hinted he might continue 'if it was felt that it was in the best interests of the team'. Many players feel just that, but should Gallacher stick to his guns, the field appears open.

Tony Jacklin, the Scot's resoundingly successful predecessor, has volunteered but a recent move to America may rule him out. Peter Oosterhuis, who recently relocated in the opposite direction, has also expressed an interest, while Gallacher's assistant, Manuel Pinero, could fill the breach before the anticipated advent of Seve Ballesteros for the 1997 match in Spain. At The Belfry, Ballesteros himself touted Nick Faldo and Sam Torrance.

Faldo said yesterday that his arm injury would not prevent his participation in next week's Million Dollar Challenge in Sun City.

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