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Monday, 01 April 2019
Stephen Gallacher  (Getty Images)
Stephen Gallacher (Getty Images)

Stephen Gallacher ended a five year wait for a European Tour title at the weekend as a brilliant finish handed him the trophy at the Hero Indian Open.

After recording a quadruple bogey eight on the seventh earlier in his round, the Scot birdied three of his last four holes to beat Masahiro Kawamura by one shot for his fourth European Tour title.

Here, we take a look at some of the memorable events from a dramatic week at DLF Golf and Country Club.

It was five years and 57 days ago......

Gallacher is no stranger to enduring long waits between wins. 

He claimed his first European Tour title at the 2004 Dunhill Links Championship but had to wait nine years to lift another trophy at the Dubai Desert Classic. His successful defence of that title 12 months later came in a 2014 that saw him secure a wild card for a Ryder Cup on home soil and finish a career high 16th on the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex. 

Between 2015 and 2018 he claimed seven top tens and a top three but there were five years and 57 days between his triumphs in Dubai and New Delhi. He'll be hoping win number five doesn't take as long.

Father and son

There are few higher honours in golf than to have something in common with the great Jack Nicklaus and Gallacher can now claim to have shared an experience with the Golden Bear.

Nicklaus famously won the 1986 Masters Tournament with his son Jackie caddying and another Jack was on the bag for Gallacher this week. His 18-year-old son did some caddying for him last year and the partnership could now become permanent after they claimed a father-son win of their own.

"He's a great caddie, top lad," said Gallacher Snr. "He's quite chilled so nothing really bothers him. He said, 'just keep doing what you're doing, go for your shot'. He was cool as a cucumber."

Everyone likes an After Eight

When Gallacher found an unplayable lie off the seventh tee in round four and then lost his ball with his next attempt, his chances looked to be evaporating before his eyes.

He made an eight after taking five off the tee but took solace from the fact he was only five back and became the first player to make an eight in a final round and go on to win since hole by hole records began in 1999.

He's the second player to make an eight at an event and win this season after Kurt Kitayama at the Oman Open, with Justin Rose and Martin Kaymer both doing it previously on Tour, but to recover from a quadruple bogey with 11 holes to play and claim victory is a remarkable feat.

Jorge goes close again

Jorge Campillo must be getting pretty tired of giving interviews while people lift trophies around him.

In his 228 European Tour events, he has finished second six times and his third place finish in New Delhi was his fourth overall. In the past two seasons alone, the Spaniard has six top threes and four top tens - surely that elusive victory is just around the corner.

"I have way too many top fives without a win!" he said in New Delhi. "I've just got to be patient, I guess. I'm just waiting for a big one to win."

A tale of two 18ths for Suri

The 18th at DLF Golf and Country Club is built for drama - just ask Julian Suri.

A 624 yard par five over water, you can get at it in two but fail and it can bite you hard.

In the first round, Suri was in the bunker with his second but produced an exquisite shot to bring a tap-in birdie and a mic drop celebration with his club.

Fast forward 48 hours and the American put his tee shot into a hazard and found terrible lies with both his third and fifth shots to record a double bogey seven. Golf, eh?

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1GALLACHER, StephenSCO18-9
2KAWAMURA, MasahiroJPN18-8
3CAMPILLO, JorgeESP18-7
T4BEZUIDENHOUT, ChristiaanRSA18-6
T4SURI, JulianUSA18-6
T6ELVIRA, NachoESP18-5

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