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Stephen Gallacher

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (41) / 11/1/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 192

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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. Apr 20 - 4:07 AM

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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.
Feb 22 - 3:21 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
Feb 5 - 9:20 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

Stephen Gallacher is just 1-for-6 in the KLM Open and returns to the Netherlands for another crack.

Time for a caveat though. Four of those five missed cuts came at Hilversumsche but this year the tournament takes place at Kennemer. Gallacher did miss the cut there in 2008 but on his only other start at the par 70 he posted T8 with rounds of 70-68-66-69. The points race for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine started in Russia last week and this will be Gallacher's first chance to bank them as he looks to play in the event for the second straight edition. The Scot certainly needs something to spark him having missed six of his last seven cuts worldwide since early June.
Mon, Sep 7, 2015 03:53:00 PM

Stephen Gallacher gears up for his tournament debut at this week's Quicken Loans National.

The Scot arrives amidst a slump via sponsor exemption. Gallacher has missed the cut in five of his last six international starts. He is 5-for-8 on the PGA TOUR this season, but is still searching for his first top 25 of the 2015 calendar year. The three-time European Tour winner is a risky play in all formats this week.
Mon, Jul 27, 2015 11:14:00 PM

Stephen Gallacher has back-to-back events in Scotland to look forward to over the next fortnight and starts with the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

"I must have played Gullane hundreds of times," said Gallacher at a media event last month so he's hoping to have an edge at the famed links which is hosting this event for the first time. The Scot is usually a force to be reckoned with on home soil and has posted five top six finishes in his last 11 starts on native turf. In this event, he's had three top sixes in the last seven editions. Gamers will have to take a leap of faith that a return home kick-starts him into action again as Gallacher has missed his last two cuts on the European Tour.
Mon, Jul 6, 2015 05:21:00 PM

Stephen Gallacher has suffered first-round defeats in his two previous starts at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship and will have another crack this year.

At least the Scot knows he won't be packing his bags on Wednesday as the new round-robin format guarantees all 64 players three matches and action until Friday at new venue TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. Gallacher's record in match-play singles is curiously poor. In fact he lost his first 10 matches in this format as a pro before finally breaking the sequence with victory over Victor Dubuisson in the 2014 Volvo World Match Play Championship at the London Golf Club. The three-time European Tour winner, who missed the cut at Augusta National on his last start, faces American trio Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan and Ben Martin in Group 14.
Mon, Apr 27, 2015 05:56:00 PM

Stephen Gallacher has plenty of good memories to draw upon from his 2014 debut when he returns to Augusta National Golf Club.

The Scot featured on the leaderboard over the opening two days and was 10th at halfway before sliding away with a Saturday 81. A closing 70 - his third sub-par round of the week - lifted him back to T34. Gallacher, who played in the 2014 Ryder Cup, was third in February's Dubai Desert Classic when trying to win that event for the third year running but he had a wild ride (84-72-78-69) at the WGC-Cadillac Championship on his last start.
Mon, Apr 6, 2015 12:46:00 PM

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.
Sun, Feb 1, 2015 08:15:00 AM

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.
Fri, Jan 30, 2015 08:07:00 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.
Thu, Jan 29, 2015 04:34:00 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.
Tue, Jan 27, 2015 05:34:00 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