Exactly 35 years after his uncle, the former Ryder Cup Captain, Bernard Gallacher, won his maiden professional title, Stephen made his long-awaited winning breakthrough at the Home of Golf when he won the Dunhill Links championship after four rounds over St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns and a sudden-death play-off against Graeme McDowell. His victory in front of a delighted home crowd finally fulfilled the promise he had shown since joining professional ranks in 1995. Won Scottish Amateur Match Play and Stroke Play Championships to set alongside a Lytham Trophy success. Played in victorious Walker Cup side at Royal Porthcawl in 1995. Won his card at first attempt in 1995, but a back injury in the summer of 1996, sustained after removing his luggage from an airport carousel, meant he did not play from June onwards. Regained his card from the Challenge Tour in 1998, helped by victory in the KB Golf Challenge in the Czech Republic. Used acupuncturist and also Scottish Rugby Union trainer, Ray McKinnon, to help regain full fitness.
1 - 2004 Dunhill Links Championship
1999 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 17; top-10 finishes - 2; stroke average 72.12 (ranked 88th); �Eruo108,955 & �77,825 (ranked 101st); best finish T6th, Belgacom Open.
2000 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 20; top-10 finishes - 2; stroke average 71.92 (ranked 72nd); �Eruo267,155 & �158,884 (ranked 56th); best finish T4th, Dubai Desert Classic.
2001 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 16; top-10 finishes - 4; stroke average 71.46 (ranked 93rd); �Eruo321,418 & �199,844 (ranked 65th); best finish, T2nd, The Great North Open.
2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 15; top-10 finishes - 3; stroke average 72.61 (ranked 143rd); �Eruo205,607 & �131,098 (ranked 97th); best finish, T4th, Qatar Masters.
2003 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; in money - 18; top-10 finishes - 5; stroke average 71.10 (ranked 35th); �Eruo479,995 & �334,657 (ranked 50th); best finish, T3rd, Nordic Open.
2004 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 21; top-10 finishes - 6; stroke average 70.99 (ranked 20th); �Eruo1,144,158 & �791,213 (ranked 15th); Winner, Dunhill Links Championship.