Bernard Gallacher in critical condition after suspected heart attack

Bernard Gallacher at the 1995 Ryder Cup
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Bernard Gallacher led the Europeans to a shocking victory at the 1995 Ryder Cup at Oak Hill.
By John Holmes

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, August 30, 2013 | 4:14 p.m.

In the second piece of bad news for the European golf community this week, Bernard Gallacher has been hospitalized in Aberdeen, Scotland, and is listed in critical condition.

No details about his situation were released, but The Scotsman newspaper is reporting that Gallacher is suspected to have suffered a heart attack at a speaking engagement. He was admitted to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

"I understand that he is critical but stable," said his nephew, European Tour player Stephen Gallacher, in a statement on Friday. "My family is in disarray at the moment and it is obviously a worrying situation. We are all anxious." 

Gallacher, 64, played in eight Ryder Cups and served as captain in 1991, 1993 and, most notably, 1995, when he led the European side to a stunning come-from-behind victory at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.

Gallacher won the 1967 Scottish Amateur Open Stroke Play Championship, turned pro and then won the European Tour's rookie of the year award in 1968. He won the British PGA Championship in 1969 and, at age 20, became the youngest player ever to represent Great Britain and Ireland in the Ryder Cup that year. He amassed another 10 European Tour victories and finished in the top 10 on the European tour Order of Merit five times.

He also served as the professional at the Wentworth Club for 25 years, and has regularly served as a golf commentator on BBC Radio Five Live.

On Tuesday, Dave Thomas died at the age of 79 at his home in Spain after a long career in which he played in four Ryder Cups and went on to design more than 100 golf courses.