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Tuesday, 23 April 2019
Stephen Gallacher with his son Jack on the bag  (Getty Images)
Stephen Gallacher with his son Jack on the bag (Getty Images)

Stephen Gallacher is looking forward to having his son Jack on the bag for many years to come after claiming his first victory in over five years last month.

The Scot will tee it up for the first time since his remarkable Hero Indian Open triumph when he heads to Royal Golf Dar Es Salam for this week's Trophée Hassan II, having enjoyed a three week break.

Gallacher took his son Jack on as his caddie last summer when he was just 17 years old and the move has paid dividends.

The 44-year-old paid tribute to his son's contribution and said he is enjoying having him on tour with him.

It's been fantastic having him on the bag and now I've got the exemptions and that, he's going to be there for another couple of years - Stephen Gallacher

He said: "It was a bit of a gamble but I knew that he knows the game well. 

"He's been around pro golf since he was a little boy so he knows all the players and what to do.

"It was more physically I wondered if he could do it but in fairness to him he went through quite a stringent fitness plan with my nephew and bulked himself up a little bit.

"And I'm loving it now. Travelling around the world with your son, it doesn't get much better.

"He brings a youthful side to it. He's more into technology than me, telling me to get stats and TrackMan, saying 'I'll do it all for you, just leave it to me'.

"So it's been great for me. It's been a shot in the arm, really.

"And he's a good caddie as well. He helped me coming down the stretch in India. He pulled a great club at the 17th - I was wanting to hit the other one but he talked me into hitting the seven iron and I hit it to six feet.

"He has been great. I'm really pleased for him.

"He's pretty chilled to be honest. Nothing really fazes him so it's good that way. I don't see him being flustered at all, which helps me.

"It's been fantastic having him on the bag and now I've got the exemptions and that, he's going to be there for another couple of years.

"He's just turned 18 so he took me for a pint to celebrate. He bought me a pint, which was nice."

After clinching his fifth European Tour title in his last outing, Gallacher is hoping to be in the shake-up once again in Morocco this weekend.

"It's a brilliant golf course - one of the best we play all year - and a great tournament," he said.

"So it would be nice to come in with a bit of form and see if I can get on the leaderboard and contending on Sunday again."

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