Stephen Gallacher has finally joined the 600 club, the list of players who have won £600 or more on any European Tour event. He’s aiming to make memories with every tournament win in his career.
Stephen Gallacher believes that the European Tour is his ticket to more memories following a third place finish at the Scottish Open. He says “the 600 club” of golfers who have won over £1 million on tour was within reach after he reached the top 10 in so many majors this year.
The “european tour schedule” is a list of all the events that are happening in Europe. This includes the European Tour, which Stephen Gallacher is currently playing on.
Stephen Gallacher has joined the European Tour’s prestigious 600 club.
At this week’s Dubai Championship, Stephen Gallacher will make his 600th European Tour appearance.
He is just the 13th golfer to accomplish that milestone, joining fellow Scots Sam Torrance, Colin Montgomerie, and Paul Lawrie.
Since his debut as a young amateur in the 1993 Scottish Open, the 47-year-old has won four times and played on the winning side in the Ryder Cup on home soil.
He argues, though, that “600 is not out” as he tries for another century over the following four years before tackling the seniors.
It’s only right that the historic tournament takes place in Dubai, a city where I won the Desert Classic back-to-back in 2013 and 2014.
He finished fourth in his first event in 2000 and hasn’t missed one since.
He told Scotland, “It’s the town that put me on the map.” “It’s where I won my second championship, and then to win it again was incredible.”
“With the exception of Seve Ballesteros, God rest his soul, all of the previous champions were there for the 25th anniversary in 2014.” Javier, his kid, came over and played, which was wonderful.
“I had the honor of playing in the exhibition game with Tiger Woods and Fred Couples. We had a great time. For me, that exceptional 18-hole course is right up there.
“In the first two rounds, I played alongside Rory McIlroy, the world number one, and Tiger Woods.” I also played with Rory in the last round, and winning was a dream come true for me.
“It was seen by the whole family. Jack, my kid, was taken out of school by me. Competing against the greatest was a dream come true.”
Uncle Bernard’s advice and Tiger’s taming
While Jack was granted permission to be absent, his father confesses to skipping school to pursue his passion.
“I hit a golf ball through the dining room window when I was four,” he claimed. “I’ve always known what I wanted to do with my life.”
“At school, I wasn’t extremely scholarly.” The instructor just had to peek outside to see that I wasn’t going to be there if it was sunny.
“There used to be truancy officers back in the day, but I got to know mine well since he was a member of the golf club, so he knew I wasn’t getting into too much trouble.”
“I certainly had a helping hand coming from a family that played a lot of golf and was fairly good at it.”
As a player, Uncle Bernard has ten European Tour victories and eight Ryder Cup appearances, and he has led Europe three times.
“Coming from Bathgate and seeing my uncle’s portrait in the clubhouse with Eric Brown dressed in their Ryder Cup gear was all the incentive I needed,” Gallacher said.
“I planned to become professional after winning the Scottish Amateur Championship in 1992, but my uncle told me it was too soon.”
Gallacher won the Walker Cup with Great Britain and Ireland in 1995, defeating a US team that featured a certain Mr Woods.
The next year, both guys would begin their professional careers. Tiger had won eight of his 15 major championships by the time the Scot won the Dunhill Links Championship in 2004.
“You’re like a fish out of water moving from amateur to pro,” Gallacher said. “I tried to do too much and got a little confused.” “In 1996, I misplaced my card, returned to Tour School, and reclaimed it, only to lose it again.
“I spent a year on the Challenge Tour, and it was the finest foundation I could have had because it taught me how to travel. You don’t want to stay on it for long since you don’t earn a lot of money, so you want to win so you can get off.”
Bringing a Ryder Cup dream to fruition
Gallacher was a member of the victorious Ryder Cup squad in Scotland in 2014.
Gallacher had to stop golfing in 2009 due to the auto-immune condition Sarcoidosis.
He stated, “I was fatigued all the time, had swollen hands, and was coughing nonstop.” “It was a rough year, but after I got back on track, I really stepped up and set my sights on the 2014 Ryder Cup.” In Scotland, this is my only opportunity to play it.
“I made a list of everything I needed to achieve, and pretty much every box was checked: I finished sixth in a WGC, made the top 20 in a couple majors, and qualified for the Masters. That was the most consistent time of my career.”
Gallacher was a captain’s choice at Gleneagles after barely missing out on an automatic spot. In two appearances, he failed to contribute a point to Europe’s 16.5-11.5 victory.
“I tried my hardest,” he said. “Of course, I would have liked to have played a little bit more, but it’s all about the team winning.”
“Just being in the room with those guys and their being so much going on made it one of the finest weeks ever.” Sir Alex Ferguson gave us a lecture on how to avoid complacency before telling us, “You’d best win because I’ve put ten thousand on you.”
“It was 24 people working at it with hammers and tongs, but then we all went out for a drink afterwards.”
In New Delhi, it was a “beautiful day.”
Gallacher’s most recent competition victory occurred in the 2019 Indian Open, and it was made more sweeter by the fact that his son Jack was on bag-carrying duty.
He said, “My caddy had departed and my father recommended it.” “I didn’t want to force Jack to play golf, but he loved it.”
“Of all the 600 events I’ve attended, Sunday was the most memorable. I hit a quadruple-bogey eight on the seventh hole, but I told myself, “We’re just five behind, we still have a chance here.” I went five under after that to win by a stroke.
“Jack assisted me with a difficult club pick at the 17th, and winning with him there made Mother’s Day great – and Celtic defeated Rangers! It really doesn’t get much better.”