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Bernard Gallacher

Bernard Gallacher
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Bernard Gallacher, OBE
Born (1949-02-09) 9 February 1949
Bathgate, Scotland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality  Scotland
Residence Ascot, Berkshire, England
Spouse Lesley
Children Kirsty, Jamie, Laura
Turned professional 1967
Current tour(s) European Tour
European Seniors Tour
Professional wins 22
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 10
European Seniors Tour 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament CUT: 1970
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship T18: 1973
PGA Championship DNP
Achievements and awards
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year
Harry Vardon Trophy 1969
Officer of the Order
of the British Empire

Bernard Gallacher, OBE (born 9 February 1949) is a Scottish professional golfer.

Gallacher was born in Bathgate, Scotland. He took up golf at the age of eleven. In 1965 he won the Lothians Golf Association Boys Championship. He won the 1967 Scottish Amateur Open Stroke Play Championship and turned professional the same year. He won the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award in 1968. His first professional wins came in 1969; a pair of them in Zambia and another pair in Europe in the equivalent of European Tour events (the European Tour wasn't established until 1972). He accumulated ten wins on the European Tour between 1974 and 1984 and finished in the top ten on the European Tour Order of Merit five times between 1972 and 1982, with a best placing of third in 1974.

In 1969, at the age of 20, Gallacher became the youngest man to represent Great Britain in the Ryder Cup up to that time. This record was subsequently beaten by Nick Faldo and others. He went on to play in the Ryder Cup eight times and was non-playing captain of the European Team in 1991, 1993 and 1995. All three of those matches were very close; Europe lost the first two but won the third.

Gallacher now plays on the European Seniors Tour. His first senior win came at The Mobile Cup in 2002. He was the professional at the prestigious Wentworth Club near London for 25 years until the end of 1996. His daughter Kirsty is a presenter on Sky Sports News.

Gallacher also wrote a popular column for Scottish golf magazine bunkered from 1998 until 2008. In August 2014, Gallacher was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.[1]


  • Professional wins (22) 1
    • European Tour wins (10) 1.1
    • Other wins (11) 1.2
    • European Seniors Tour wins (1) 1.3
  • Results in major championships 2
  • Team appearances 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Professional wins (22)

European Tour wins (10)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 23 Jun 1974 Carroll's Celebration International −17 (72-71-68-68=279) 3 strokes Jack Newton
2 5 Oct 1974 Dunlop Masters −2 (71-70-69-72=282) Playoff Gary Player
3 4 Oct 1975 Dunlop Masters +5 (74-70-71-74=289) 2 strokes Dale Hayes
4 16 Apr 1977 Spanish Open −11 (70-68-70-69=277) 2 strokes Francisco Abreu
5 13 May 1979 French Open −8 (71-69-74-70=284) 1 stroke William Milne
6 21 Sep 1980 Haig Whisky TPC −8 (68-65-66-69=268) 3 strokes Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer
7 14 Jun 1981 Cold Shield Greater Manchester Open −16 (65-69-63-67=264) 5 strokes Nick Faldo
8 16 May 1982 Martini International −7 (71-71-68-67=277) 3 strokes José Maria Cañizares, Nick Faldo
9 6 Jun 1982 Jersey Open −15 (69-66-68-70=273) Playoff Eamonn Darcy, Des Smyth
10 3 Jun 1984 Jersey Open −14 (66-71-68-69=274) 2 strokes Sandy Lyle

Other wins (11)

European Seniors Tour wins (1)

  • 2002 (1) The Mobile Cup

Results in major championships

Tournament 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
The Open Championship CUT CUT T37 CUT T18 T24 T19 T60 CUT T22 CUT
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987
The Open Championship CUT CUT T25 T19 T31 T47 DNP CUT

Note: Gallacher never played in the U.S. Open nor the PGA Championship.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Team appearances

  • Ryder Cup (representing Great Britain & Ireland/Europe): 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1991 (non-playing captain), 1993 (non-playing captain), 1995 (winners, non-playing captain)
  • World Cup (representing Scotland): 1969, 1971, 1974, 1982, 1983
  • Double Diamond: 1971, 1972, 1973 (winners), 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977
  • Hennessy Cognac Cup: 1974 (winners), 1978 (winners), 1982 (winners), 1984 (captain)
  • Philip Morris International: 1976

See also


  1. ^ "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories". The Guardian. 7 August 2014. 

External links

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