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, winning the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship via 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 the professional ranks in 1995. Almost made it a Scottish double in 2008 but left it too little too late as he took sixth place at The Barclays Scottish Open. Had to go to Qualifying School – Final Stage in 2009 but came third at PGA Catalunya Resort to secure his card for 2010, although he also has ten events through a medical exemption after suffering a debilitating viral infection, sarcoidosis, which attacked his lungs and joints and ruled him out for the second half of the 2009 season. Not the first time he has suffered injury as, having won his card at the first attempt in 1995, 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 that year. Regained his card in 1998 through the Challenge Tour. Won the Scottish Amateur Match Play and Stroke Play Championships to set alongside his Lytham Trophy success. A member of the victorious Walker Cup side at Royal Porthcawl in 1995.
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