Restored to full health in 2010 after requiring a medical exemption due to the effects of a debilitating viral infection, sarcoidosis, which attacked his lungs and joints. Eended up enjoying the second most profitable season of his 15-year career. A rise from 206th to 26th in The Race to Dubai was the reward for consistent play, which brought three top-four finishes. It was a reminder of his performances in 2004 when, exactly 35 years after his uncle, the former Ryder Cup Captain Bernard Gallacher, won his first professional title, Stephen made his long-awaited winning breakthrough at St. Andrews, winning the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship via a sudden-death play-off against Graeme McDowell ... His most recent illness was not the first time he has been incapacitated 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. 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.