Sad to hear that former European Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher is in a critical condition in hospital following a heart attack. Especially as it was only this week that Gleneagles was unveiled as the course for next year’s event. Gallacher is a man who is indelibly linked with the Ryder Cup and its rich history.
The 64 – year old scotsman skippered the Ryder Cup team in 1991, 1993 and 1995. His team were defeated 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 first match in charge in South Carolina. They then lost 15-13 at home at the Belfry two years later before he finally landed his first win at Oak Hill in New York by 14 1/2 to 13 1/2.
Gallacher was a leading player in Europe in the 1970s and 1980s and won 13 times in Europe and 8 titles elsewhere. In 1969 he became the youngest golfer to represent the then Britain and Ireland Ryder Cup team, a record that has since been taken by Sir Nick Faldo, Paul Way and Sergio Garcia. He played in 8 Ryder Cup tournaments.
Our thoughts go out to his family and friends and we wish the 64 year old a speedy recovery.