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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 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. Nov 3 - 9:19 AM

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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.
Oct 31 - 1:17 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.
Oct 4 - 9:08 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.
Jun 21 - 7:01 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.
Mar 10 - 7:32 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.
Jan 31 - 4:51 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.
Jan 17 - 5:28 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

Stephen Gallacher has enjoyed a little bit of success on the West Course at Wentworth in the BMW PGA Championship, but he's had plenty of poor weeks too.

The Scotsman opened his season with a hat-trick of missed cuts in the Desert Swing, followed it with a T15 in Malaysia and then had to withdraw in Perth with a long standing hand injury. Since returning he has made three cuts on the bounce, but nothing suggests he is going to challenge this week: T68-T28-T43. He has played every BMW PGA Championship since 2000 and has a rum record that includes 11 missed cuts and two top fives finishes: he was T4 in 2010 and T5 last year. In the former he ranked second for Greens in Regulation and last year he ranked first.
Wed, May 25, 2016 04:47:00 AM

After recovering from an operation on a long-standing hand injury, Stephen Gallacher makes his return to the European Tour at this week's Sheshan International in China.

The Scot hasn't been seen since withdrawing from the Perth International at the end of February but now feels the time is right to get back to work. He had planned to make his comeback in last week's Open de Espana but decided to wait a little longer. It's the same problem that caused him to pull out of last May's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth so Gallacher was relieved to finally get it sorted. " This has been bothering me since last May," he told PA Sport. "I've had cortisone injections, the latest one in December, but it's hindered me on the course, on the practice range and also in the gym. It's been a blessing really that it flared up again and has led to an operation being required as it means I can get back out there not worrying about it." Gallacher is just 1-for-5 this season but that's understandable.
Wed, Apr 20, 2016 04:07:00 AM

Stephen Gallacher got his season on track at last with a top 15 in last week's Maybank Championship Malaysia and will look to build on that in the ISPS HANDA Perth Invitational in Australia.

The Scot completed a miserable 0-for-3 run on the Desert Swing with a 75 in round two of the Dubai Desert Classic, an event where his form from 2012-2015 read an incredible 2-1-1-3. But after missing out on his annual big pay-day in Dubai, Gallacher bounced back with T15 in Malaysia where he was T7 going into the final round after a Saturday 66. The former Ryder Cup star has played at this week's venue, Lake Karrinyup CC, before. He's probably wiped it from his memory though after shooting 81-77 on the weekend to finish T81.
Mon, Feb 22, 2016 03:21:00 PM

Stephen Gallacher completed 36 holes in 1-over-par 70-75=145 to miss the cut by two shots in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

The Scot arrived off the back of an astounding recent record at Emirates GC. He was a winner in 2013 and 2014, T2 in 2012 and solo 3rd 12 months ago. Alas he found just 21 of 36 greens and couldn't save par often enough to play the weekend this year. Other notables who failed to make the grade include: 144 -- Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke; 2013 Desert Classic runner-up Richard Sterne; Thongchai Jaidee ... 145 - Paul Lawrie; Jamie Donaldson; Brandon Stone ... 146 - 2010 Desert Classic runner-up Lee Westwood; Graeme McDowell ... 146 - Martin Kaymer, Thomas Pieters ... 147 - Louis Oosthuizen ... 148 - 2010 Desert Classic champion Miguel Angel Jimenez
Fri, Feb 5, 2016 09:20:00 AM

Stephen Gallacher aims to build on some improved recent form when he pegs it up in this week's BMW Masters in China.

Despite a bright start to the season, the Scot missed eight cuts in 11 starts between May and September and looked as if he might fall out of the top 60 who get to contest the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai next week. However, Gallacher has rallied in recent weeks with T19 at the Alfred Dunhill LInks Championship, T9 at the Portugal Masters and T26 in the Turkish Airlines Open. It means he's now hanging on in 57th place in the Race to Dubai. He's contested this event at Lake Malaren in each of the last two years, finishing T53 in 2013 and T36 last year.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 04:03:00 AM

Stephen Gallacher captured the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in 2004 and will attempt to score another home-soil win in the event this week.

The Scot edged out Graeme McDowell in a playoff at the Old Course 11 years ago after both had shot 19-under. The win was his first on the European Tour and he had to wait until 2013 to land his second. The 40-year-old has missed just one of the 14 editions of this event and has also posted T7 in 2005 and T5 in 2012. Gamers will rightly be drawn to a well-known Scot playing at home but Gallacher's form has been poor for the last three months. He's missed seven of nine cuts and didn't make it to the weekend in either the Scottish Open or The Open Championship at St. Andrews.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 04:28:00 AM