A fine performance at the 71° Open D’Italia Presented by DAMIANI was rewarded when, under intense pressure, the Scotsman finished just one shot and a place off an automatic berth in the European Ryder Cup side before European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley named him as one of three captain’s picks for Gleneagles. Although he lost both of his matches in Scotland, ‘Stevie-G’ made Phil Mickelson work hard for his win in the Sunday singles. Earlier on in the 2014 season Gallacher became the first man to successfully defend the Omega Dubai Desert Classic title, a tournament that in 2013 had seen him return to the winners’ enclosure for the first time in nearly nine years. His first triumph came in the 2004 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, exactly 35 years after his uncle, the former Ryder Cup Captain Bernard Gallacher, won his maiden professional title. Saw off Graeme McDowell in a play-off, delighting the home crowds at St Andrews and fulfilling the promise he had shown since turning professional in 1995. Suffered from a debilitating viral infection, sarcoidosis, which attacked his lungs and joints in 2009, but returned to full health in 2010 and a year later guided Scotland, alongside Martin Laird, to joint fourth place in the Mission Hills World Cup. Won a European Tour card at the first attempt in 1995 but sustained a back injury in the summer of 1996 – removing his luggage from an airport carousel – and did not play from June onwards. 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.