Bernard Gallacher


Bernard Gallacher (born 9 February 1949 in Bathgate, Scotland) is a Scottish professional golfer.

Gallacher took up golf at the age of eleven. 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 PGA European Tour events (the European Tour wasn't established until 1970). He accumulated eleven wins on the European Tour between 1971 and 1984 and finished in the top ten on the European Tour Order of Merit six times between 1971 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 & Ireland 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 is the professional at the prestigious Wentworth Club near London, which also boasts Ernie Els as its "Worldwide Touring Professional". His daughter Kirsty is a sports presenter on British television.