Stephen Gallacher
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Scorecard
Biography
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
3
4
4
3
4
4
3
4
6
35
4
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
35
70
2
3
4
4
5
3
3
4
4
5
35
3
5
3
4
5
4
3
6
5
38
73
3
5
4
4
4
4
4
3
4
4
36
3
4
3
4
5
5
4
4
4
36
72
4
4
4
4
3
3
4
4
4
4
34
4
6
3
4
5
6
3
3
4
38
72
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
1
3
4
4
3
4
4
3
4
6
35
2
3
4
4
5
3
3
4
4
5
35
3
5
4
4
4
4
4
3
4
4
36
4
4
4
4
3
3
4
4
4
4
34
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
ROUND
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
4
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
35
70
2
3
5
3
4
5
4
3
6
5
38
73
3
3
4
3
4
5
5
4
4
4
36
72
4
4
6
3
4
5
6
3
3
4
38
72
Par
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
Stats
ROUND 1
ROUND 2
ROUND 3
ROUND 4
TOTAL
RANK
Eagles
0
1
1
0
2
1
Birdies
3
4
2
5
14
12
Pars
14
8
11
10
43
16
Bogeys
1
3
4
1
9
19
Double Bogeys/+
0
2
0
2
4
3
Other
0
0
0
0
0
Putts per round
23
27
34
32
29
10
Putts per GIR
1.63
1.6
2.07
1.86
1.79
13
Greens in regulation
44.44 %
55.56 %
83.33 %
77.78 %
65.28 %
10
Sand Saves
0/0
1/1
1/1
1/1
3/3

Born: 1 November 1974.

Turned pro: 1995.

Family: Wife - Helen. Children - Jack, Ellie.

Special interests: Football, fishing, cycling, snooker.

Career highlights: Won his first European Tour title in the 2004 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, beating Graeme McDowell in a playoff. In 2013 he won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic by three strokes.

2014 highlights: Became the first golfer in history to successfully defend his Omega Dubai Desert Classic title. He had a further seven top-10s on the European Tour this year.Qualified for the European Ryder Cup team.

2014 Majors: The Masters - T34th. The US Open - Missed cut. The Open - T15th. The PGA Championship - Missed cut.

NGC record: Debut.

Story

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley called it the most iconic image of the 2014 Ryder Cup.

"That summarized so much of that I wanted to achieve, a sense of bonding between the players that will last forever," he said.

McGinley was referring to the photograph of world number one Rory McIlroy dressed only in a kilt and an orange wig, with his arm around Stephen Gallacher as they celebrated their triumph over America at Gleneagles.

"Stevie and Rory live different lives. Rory is in a stratosphere nobody is close to. Stevie is a local boy who has had an incredibly good year to make the team. And there he was with the superstar and the two of them were so comfortable in each other's company. That's special."

It has indeed been a special time for Gallacher.

Since turning professional in 1995, the 40year-old Scot can claim three European Tour victories on a spot on a winning European Ryder Cup team as his career highlights.

But that's not to say he hasn't had to face his challenges.

A back injury put him out for the majority of the 1996 season. It was only in 2000 when Gallacher managed to finish within the top 100 on the European Tour's moneylist for the first time.

Then he had to wait until 2004 to claim his maiden victory in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. He beat Graeme McDowell in a playoff for a title that came exactly 35 years after his uncle and former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher claimed his maiden European Tour victory.

Then in 2009 Gallacher was the victim of a viral infection that attacked his lungs and joints, and he spent most of the year and 2010 recovering.

But the last few years have certainly brought the best out of Gallacher. In 2013 he won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, and then defended his title this year to become the first golfer in history to do so.

A slew of top-10 finishes on the European Tour this year earned him a phone call from McGinley, and he left Gleneagles with an experience he will never forget.

"It was up there with probably one of the best weeks I've had. Just being involved in the team meetings and the team room with the five vice captains and the wealth of experience, Majors won, Ryder Cups played; and to have intense meetings and good speeches, good people talking to you and videos, I think it's one that going forward it's going to help my game. I learned so much from that," he said.

"I don't know how you can replicate the sort of level of intensity or the level of excitement, especially standing on the first tee playing against Phil Mickelson on Sunday was something that will live with me forever, just the reception and the amount of people there."

It had always been one of Gallacher's dreams to play in a Ryder Cup.

And now that he has achieved this, he is quite emphatic about what his next goal will be.