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Stephen Gallacher |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (40) / 11/1/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 192
College: Scotland

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Although the three-peat proved beyond him, Stephen Gallacher's love affair with the Omega Dubai Desert Classic continued as he finished solo third.
The Scot shot a closing 3-under-par 35-34=69 on Sunday to finish at 16-under 272 -- six shots behind winner Rory McIlroy. Gallacher had a sticky start with a bogey at the first hole followed by five straight pars. He birdied six to be out in 35 before making a move with a trio of birdies at 11, 12 and 13. A bogey at 14 halted Gallacher's surge but a birdie two at 17 was enough to secure a third straight top three in this event after wins in 2013 and 2014 and a second place in 2012. The Emirates' undoubted course horse hit only 11 greens in regulation on Sunday but was 5-for-7 in scrambling. Feb 1 - 8:15 AM

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Stephen Gallacher's bid to win the Omega Dubai Desert Classic for a third straight year is right on track after a 5-under-par 33-34=67 left him three back at halfway.

Despite a double bogey at the 12th in his second round, Gallacher recovered well to beat his opening 68 by one and move to 11-under at the midpoint -- three behind leader Rory McIlroy. The course specialist started out with birdies at the first and third before carding six straight pars. After a birdie at 11, his challenge wobbled with a six at the par-4 12th but he hit back with par breakers at 13, 15, 16 and 17. "I'm delighted with the way I played today. I gave myself a lot of chances," said Gallacher, who hit 15 greens in regulation.
Jan 30 - 8:07 AM

Stephen Gallacher's love affair with the Emirates continued as his bid for a three-peat in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic began with a 6-under-par 31-35=66.

The Scot has finished first, first and second here in the last three years and is on target for a title challenge again after another impressive day in the desert sun. Gallacher started with a birdie at 10 and then added an eagle at the par-5 13th hole. He stalled with a bogey at 16 but came alive on his second nine by circling birdies at two, five, eight and nine. Today's 66 matched the 6-under he shot on day one last year. He opened with a 63 when winning the title for the first time in 2013.
Jan 29 - 4:34 AM

Stephen Gallacher made a successful defense of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic last year and will be hoping to repeat the trick in 2015.

The Scot has an astonishing record in this event, with a second place in 2012 adding to his victories in 2013 and 2014. He's provided an insight to that success by revealing he often holidays with his family in Dubai and has had numerous practice rounds at the Emirates course. Gallacher warmed up for his three-peat attempt by finishing T33 in Qatar last week. It's worth noting that he had similar results in Qatar (T28 in 2014 and T59 in 2013) ahead of his two victories here.
Jan 27 - 5:34 PM

Count Stephen Gallacher among those who probably wish 2014 didn't have to end.

The Scot opened the year by successfully defending his title at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. That launched him into the conversation to qualify for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, which is essentially in his backyard. Although he went 0-2-0 at the biennial competition, Europe defended its title (again). Gallacher will toast the new year by sitting 38th in the Official World Golf Ranking. After competing in all of the majors, World Golf Championships and THE PLAYERS this year, he'll repeat that theme in 2015 (even though he's yet to official qualify for the U.S. Open). Having turned 40 on Nov. 1, time is no longer a friend, and he has just one top 10 in 29 PGA TOUR starts, but he'll draw our attention in DFS in the WGCs.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 12:52:00 AM

Stephen Gallacher tied for 63rd in his first World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions last season and is back to try and improve on that this week.

Gallacher improved incrementally throughout the week, opening with back-to-back 1-over-par 73s before posting a 72 in the third round and a 71 in the finale. His recent form has been lackluster. He failed to make any serious splashes in his Ryder Cup debut, and he was a distant T36 at the BMW Masters last week.
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 08:04:00 PM

Stephen Gallacher will attempt to please the home crowd at Gleneagles this week at the 40th Ryder Cup.

The Scot will certainly have the crowd on his side, but he still has to go out and play good golf to earn his points. Unfortunately, there are no free points awarded for being a native. His latest team appearance came at the EurAsia Cup, where he posted a pedestrian 1-1-1 record on the week. In his last five global events, Gallacher has posted two top 10s but also missed three cuts. This five-tournament array lays out the wide range of outcomes that we could see this week, very boom-or-bust.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 08:39:00 AM

Stephen Gallacher will compete in the Ryder Cup in his native Scotland at Gleneagles on Sept. 26-28.

The 39-year-old needed a captain's pick to play in his first Ryder Cup, and he earned it. Sparked by a win in in Dubai in early February, Gallacher added four top fives, including a solo third in Italy on Sunday. "It’s massive for me and my family," he said. "It’s been a goal all my career to play in the Ryder Cup and I was delighted to get the call from Paul. It was a long day yesterday. On Sunday I had mixed emotions. I was delighted with the way I played but disappointed not to have made the team automatically. I knew there were other great players in with a shout of getting a pick, so I really didn't know what was going to happen. I’m just glad it all turned out okay in the end." Gallacher's résumé includes three World Cups, one Seve Trophy and one Royal Trophy. He was also a Walker Cupper in 1995. Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley will now await counterpart Tom Watson's trio of selections to be announced at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Stephen Gallacher will tee it up in the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.

Gallacher has lapped Firestone for eight rounds in his career, tying for 58th in 2005 and returning to share 44th in 2013. At 31st in the Official World Golf Ranking and entering off a T4 in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and a T15 at The Open Championship, it stands to reason that he is poised to better both of his prior efforts this time around.
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 10:06:00 PM

Stephen Gallacher had an early exit during his 2005 trip to Pinehurst No. 2 but has a chance for atonement on the renovated course at this week's U.S. Open.

The form entering 2005's edition is worlds apart from where he's at this week. In 2005, the Scot missed two cuts in the six tournaments leading up to the U.S. Open, with no finishes inside the top 20. He's also missed two of his last six cuts this year, but has three finishes of 6th place or better during that stretch. His five international podium finishes in the last two years parlayed with a 79% ratio of cuts made should jump off the page to salary-cap gamers.
Wed, Jun 11, 2014 11:42:00 AM

Stephen Gallacher chased his opening 71 at the Masters with an even-par 36-36=72 to post 1-under 141 at the halfway point, good for a share of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Today's walk featured only 10 greens in regulation (one fewer than Thursday's), but he managed to find four birdies, including a long-range beauty at the par-3 sixth. He also birdied the par-3 12th after an absolutely perfect tee ball to a sucker pin. Don't rule him out on the weekend as he's come on of late to qualify. After winning in Dubai two months ago, the Scot tied for sixth in his last start at Doral.
Fri, Apr 11, 2014 01:25:00 PM

Stephen Gallacher turned in a 1-under-par 33-38=71 for his opening round of the Masters and finished three strokes off the clubhouse lead.

The Scot was one of the last men in the field when the Official World Golf Ranking was used following global competition on March 30, and he's making his debut in the tournament. He hit just 11 greens in regulation and connected bogeys on the first three holes of the second nine, but he outbalanced with four birdies. He and Joost Luiten are the only two professional first-timers this week that don't own some form of PGA TOUR status.
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 05:31:00 PM

Stephen Gallacher has qualified for the Masters by virtue of the Official World Golf Ranking.

The top 50 in the OWGR following action this past weekend gained entry into the season's first major. At 37th, the Scot was the only golfer inside the bubble not already exempt. He ended 2013 outside the top 60 (when the top 50 were first exempt into the Masters), and then won the Dubai Desert Classic in early February. That all but secured his debut appearance at Augusta National. The final exemption into the Masters is reserved for the winner of the Shell Houston Open if not otherwise eligible.
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 03:35:00 AM

Stephen Gallacher started hot in his final-round 3-under-par 32-37=69 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.

The Scot circled birdies on four of his first eight holes, with two of them falling from exactly 13'2" for his longest efforts. He hit 63.89 percent of his GIR for the week. While that may not sound all that impressive, it put him inside the top five in the tournament at the time of his posting. His 1-over 289 looks to be in line for a top 10.
Sun, Mar 9, 2014 05:34:00 PM

With a second straight charge on the back nine at Emirates Golf Club, Stephen Gallacher successfully defending his title at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

The Scot slept on a two-stroke margin over Rory McIlroy. Gallacher opened bogey-bogey today and added bogeys at 6 and 8 to turn in 4-over-par 39. He regrouped with four birdies coming in for an even-par 72 to post 16-under 272, one clear of runner-up Emiliano Grillo of Argentina. En route to taking the lead on Saturday, Gallacher came home in 9-under 28 with an eagle and seven birdies. "I never really played the front nine that well all week," he said. "I don't know, [Sunday] was a carbon copy of yesterday apart from I holed a couple of putts for par and got a bit lucky yesterday but today I was in bushes and trees and stuff. I just kept saying to myself, ‘stay patient’. I played the back nine well and no one was really running away with it at the time." McIlroy closed with 74 to share ninth place. This is Gallacher's third European Tour title. It exempts him into the WGC-Bridgestone Invite and should boost him into the top 40 of the Official World Golf Ranking.
Sun, Feb 2, 2014 10:11:00 AM