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Stephen Gallacher

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (43) / 11/1/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 192

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Stephen Gallacher returns to Belgium for the first time in 18 years as he lines up in this week's Belgian Knockout in Antwerp.
The Scot last played in the land of Thomas Pieters and Nicolas Colsaerts when finishing T47 in the 2000 Belgacom Open at Royal Zoute, a venue where he'd posted T6 the previous year. Gallacher showed up well in the early months of the season, cracking the top ten at both the Oman Open and Indian Open but he had to settle for T52 at the Open de Espana and missed the cut in Morocco the week after. Perhaps of greater concern given that the final two days of this event are nine-hole strokeplay head-to-head knockout matches is Gallacher's career singles record in matchplay of 1-14! He'll hope to have better luck over this format. May 16 - 6:54 AM

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Stephen Gallacher blitzed DLF Golf & Country Club's Player Course in a best-of-the-day 5-under-par 34-33=67 to hit the 54-hole point of the Hero Indian Open on 6-under 210 and solo third, just one strokes back of the leaders Shubhankar Sharma and Matt Wallace.

The Scotsman has been talking a good game all year and this is the fifth time in six starts he has made an appearance in the top ten at some point through the week, yet he has only one actual top ten finish to show for it, when T9 in the Oman Open. However he hinted he liked the course when, in similar vein, he was T9 at halfway last year prior to logging T29. On Saturday he was supreme when the field struggled and particularly brilliant on the par-5s. He made birdies at 4, 15 and 18, but shone brightest at the 566-yard eighth where he made an eagle-3. Elsewhere there were bogeys at 7 and 14, birdies at 13 and 17. He's a solid performer when top five after 54 holes. On the European Tour he's 24 times been in that position and 17 times maintained it (with three wins). Often a poor putter he ranks fifth for Putts per G.I.R. on 1.689.
Mar 10 - 7:18 AM

Stephen Gallacher continued his recent upturn in form by thrashing a 6-under-par 33-33=66 in round two of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, reaching 10-under par 134 at the midpoint and in a tie for second place.

It's a bunched leaderboard after 36 holes in Qatar but the Scot is in the thick of it after his afternoon lap at Doha GC left him just a shot behind leader Adrian Otaegui. Gallacher registered his first top 10 for over a year with T9 in Oman last week and he's now on track for another win in the Middle East having previously scored back-to-back victories in the Dubai Desert Classic in 2013 and 2014. Today, the former Ryder Cup star opened with a birdie at the par-5 1st and added red circles on 4 and 9. He followed that with three more gains coming home, two of those on par 3s (13 and 17). A birdie at the par-5 last would have tied him at the top and put him in Saturday's final group but it wasn't to be.
Feb 23 - 9:19 AM

After banking his first top 10 finish in over a year with T9 in Oman on Sunday, Stephen Gallacher will look to stay hot in this week's Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

With six top 25s since T9 in the Dubai Desert Classic last February, the Scot hadn't fallen off the charts but he was overdue an appearance in the top 10 and got one thanks to a strong 67-68-70 finish after opening with 74. Of course, when we think of Gallacher in the desert, we recall his astonishing record in that Dubai event where, prior to his T9 12 months ago he'd clocked up two wins, a second and a third. He hasn't hit those same heights in Qatar although some old form shows T4 here in 2002 and T8 in 2004. He added T12 in 2011 but has missed the cut for the last two years. Boosted by last week's effort, Gallacher could easily give gamers a good reward this week though.
Feb 21 - 6:01 AM

Stephen Gallacher's hard work reaped reward in the Maybank Championship at Saujana G&CC; his second round of 7-under-par 32-33=65 got him to 9-under 135, just one behind the early clubhouse leaders in T4 on the live leaderboard.

The Scotsman made the cut in Abu Dhabi and Dubai but little else (T61-T57), a poor return for a player with strong form at the Dubai venue in particular (including two wins). It also came after he had spent the early weeks of the new year in the Middle East working on his game and getting to grips with a new caddie. Perhaps that all needed time to bed in? In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia he was back on it and signalled his intent from the get-go with an eagle-3 at the 534-yard par-5 first. A bogey-4 at No. 4 followed but from there on in it was all about the red on the front nine. Three of them came in a wave at 5, 6 and 7. On the back nine he scratched early ticks at 10 and 13, late ones at 17 and 18, with a dropped shot in-between at the 14th. He's 8-for-9 in Malaysia with a best of T2 in the 2012 Malaysian Open.
Feb 2 - 3:41 AM

Stephen Gallacher hit 2018 running, his 4-under-par 32-36=68 in round one of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship leaving him just two swings back of Tommy Fleetwood's early clubhouse lead.

The Scot was talking a good game earlier in the week, boosted by a 10 day break in Dubai with the family, practice there with putting guru Phil Kenyon, a fresh grip for the greens and a new caddie also. On Thursday it all came together. He opened on the back nine and failed to take advantage of the par-5 tenth, but wasted no time atoning, as he ticked 11, 12 and 13. A fourth par breaker before the turn came at the 562-yard par-5 18th. He briefly moved to 5-under with another red number at the fifth, but he gave the shot back at No. 7. It was comfortably his best first lap in this event; in 11 previous starts he had failed to break 70 and averaged 73.18.
Jan 18 - 4:49 AM

Stephen Gallacher smoothed a second round 6-under-par 32-33=65 to hit the halfway mark of the Turkish Airlines Open on 8-under 134 tied for second on the live leaderboard but six back of the on-course leader Nicolas Colsaerts.

The Scot arrived off the back of two missed cuts and yet before that had shown a touch of form when making three top 20s in four starts. He's now right bang back into that sort of performance cycle after 36 flawless holes at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort in Antalya. He made two birdies and 16 pars in round one then pushed on through Friday. He ticked 4 and 8 on the front nine before truly accelerating. He circled four holes in the next six at 10, 12, 14 and 15. He's playing the course for the first time, but has three finished of T26 or better in the event.
Fri, Nov 3, 2017 09:19:00 AM

Stephen Gallacher will make a fourth Turkish Airlines Open appearance this week, but a Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort debut.

The Scot has a solid and consistent record in this event, having pegged T25-T15-T26 between 2013 and 2015, but it's a moot point how much it matters given that his golf was all played at the previous venue, Montgomerie Maxx Royal. What is perhaps more relevant is that a nice run of form has been disrupted in recent weeks. He was T20 in the European Masters, withdrew from the Portugal Masters, T15 in the British Masters and then T12 in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. But since then two missed cuts. If you can forgive him those his stats were nice before those two poor weeks. He ranked top 7 for Ball-Striking in four of his last five cuts made and topped the Greens in Regulation rankings in the exception. 78th on the Race to Dubai.
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 01:17:00 PM

Local man Stephen Gallacher is one of the former winners in the field contesting this week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship played over the Scottish links of St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.

Gallacher took victory in the 2004 edition, the Scot's only other European Tour success aside from his money-spinning back-to-back victories at the Dubai Desert Classic (2013 and 2014). He's since added six further top 25s at his home event, the latest T19 two years ago after he closed with a 69 at St. Andrews which always stages the final round. Gallacher has dipped since playing in the 2014 Ryder Cup after suffering with injury but is showing some promising signs again after two top 20s in his last three starts. The latest came at last week's British Masters where he shot a pair of 66s on the weekend so another top 25 here seems a very reasonable ask and it could be much better.
Wed, Oct 4, 2017 09:08:00 AM

Stephen Gallacher has found some consistency in the last few months and will look to push on again in this week's BMW International Open in Germany.

The Scot has had some tough times since his Ryder Cup appearance in 2014 but he's cashed in six of his last eight appearances on the European Tour, including each of the last three. Highlights include T9 at the Dubai Desert Classic and T21 in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth last month. T38 in Austria last time, Gallacher hasn't played at this week's venue, Golfclub München Eichenried, since MC in 2011 and T30 in 2010. A cool putter is currently standing between him turning decent finishes into something nearer the top 10.
Wed, Jun 21, 2017 07:01:00 AM

On a tough day of scoring a second round 1-over-par 35-38=73 was enough to keep Stephen Gallacher in contention at the Hero Indian Open on a 36-hole score of 1-under 143, T10 on the live leaderboard after delays for lightning.

The Scot is faring well on the tough and patience-testing Gary Player track at DLF Golf and Country Club. He opened his second lap on the back nine and notched eight pars plus a single birdie at the 11th. There was one birdie on the front nine also, at the 8th, but he bookended the stretch with a bogey at No. 1 and double bogey at No. 9. The latter saw him slip from just two shots back of the clubhouse leader S.S.P. Chawrasia to four. T9 on his last outing - at his favored Emirates GC for the Dubai Desert Classic - it is clear that the Scot is back to form after his injury woes throughout last summer.
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 07:32:00 AM

Two-time Omega Dubai Desert Classic champion Stephen Gallacher will be relishing his return to the Majlis course at the Emirates GC.

If the Scot needs any inspiration this week he just needs to look for the names of the multiple winners of this tournament: Ernie Els, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and ... oh yeah. On his first nine visits to the course he went 7-for-9 without posting a single top 20 whereupon he returned: T10-T2-WIN-WIN-T3. An astonishing spell of course form which not only toppled world class players and reaped great financial reward, it also got him onto the 2014 Ryder Cup team. Alas last year he missed the cut during a tricky spell when he was injured. In his last run of events in 2016 he looked in better nick (T12-T12-T10-T25), but he's opened the calendar year with missed cuts in Abu Dhabi and Qatar.
Tue, Jan 31, 2017 04:51:00 AM

As he prepares for an 11th career visit to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Stephen Gallacher can reflect on an up-and-down record at the United Arab Emirate venue.

The Scot is just 5-for-10 at Abu Dhabi GC, but on two occasions when he has made the weekend he's made an impression of sorts: finishing T8 in 2014 and topping the Total Driving and Ball-Striking stats in 2009 when T20. He'll always be of interest to gamers in this part of the world, owing to a fine record at the Emirates GC in the Dubai Desert Classic: between 2012 and 2015 he finished top three every year with back-to-back wins in the middle of the run. And whilst he endured a poor Desert Swing 12 months ago (MC-MC-MC) that was prior to a break for injury and towards the end of last year the results picked up. Indeed he closed 2016 with T12-T12. It was insufficient to retain his card but he plays on his Career Money List Top 40 ranking and he opened the 2017 season with T10-T25 in the Australian PGA Championship and Hong Kong Open.
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 05:28:00 AM

The KLM Open in the Netherlands is the next European Tour stop for Stephen Gallacher.

The Scot has played the event 11 times previously and cashed just three times although one of those was a top 10 (T8) at Kennemer in 2007. He has the chance to improve that record on a new course this week as the event moves to The Dutch, a 6,983-yard par 71. It's been a tough year for Gallacher who is down at 146th on the Race to Dubai after failing to find his best since returning from a long-standing hand injury. He has at least made his last two cuts but his world ranking has slipped to 378. And, of course, this time two years ago he was a top 40 player and preparing for a Ryder Cup on home soil. For now gamers will have to see how he progresses.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 04:01:00 AM

Stephen Gallacher will take on Italian youngster Renato Paratore in the first round of the Paul Lawrie Match Play at Archerfield Links Golf Club.

It is home turf for the Scotsman, who hails from East Lothian and lives close to the course. He may not be a member of the course but the land, the climate and the locals will be no strangers to the 2014 Ryder Cup competitor. If all that is a positive, it's just about all there is because Gallacher has an almost impossible to believe record in individual match play: a woeful 1-13 record. He's played the WGC and Volvo World Match Plays events, the Royal and Seve Trophies, the EurAsia and Ryder Cups – all of them and his only win was 2&1 over Victor Dubuisson at 2014 Volvo World Match Play. Furthermore his season has been marred by injury and he hasn't been seen on the course since a missed cut in the Nordea Masters.
Wed, Aug 3, 2016 06:38:00 AM