Sunday, 01 September 2013
Bernard Gallacher  (Getty Images)
Bernard Gallacher (Getty Images)

Former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher remains in a “critical” condition after spending a third night in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

The 64 year old Scot is being treated for what is understood to be a heart problem after being taken ill on Thursday evening.

Renton Laidlaw, the veteran broadcaster and journalist who has known Gallacher for more than 50 years, told BBC Radio Scotland’s Golf Show today: “I was up at Aberdeen yesterday. He is obviously in a critical condition and he is sedated but he has had a quiet night.

“I think he is a fit person, he doesn’t drink, he keeps himself fit, he doesn’t smoke and hopefully he will make a good recovery.”

Current Captain Paul McGinley, who is competing in the ISPS Handa Wales Open, said on Saturday: “I’m thinking about him like everyone else, and hoping he will pull through. He is a guy I know pretty well, he lives near me in Sunningdale, and I have played golf with him many times.

“I’ve spoken to him about The Ryder Cup captaincy, and he is a mine of information. He was Captain three times, and between him and Tony Jacklin they have more experience than anyone. My thoughts are with him and the family.”

Colin Montgomerie, who made his Ryder Cup debut under Gallacher in 1991 and also played in 1993 and 1995, added: “I can’t comment too much because I don’t know too many details about the situation.

“All we can do, as everybody will, is wish him well. Our thoughts go out to him and his family, and let’s hope he makes a speedy recovery.”
 
Ireland's Philip Walton, who holed the winning putt at Oak Hill in 1995 after Europe had suffered narrow defeats in 1991 and 1993, added: “I just want to wish him well. 

“He’s a man I’ve known for a long time and one I have a lot of respect for, so I hope everything is well for him. It’s very sudden and a difficult situation, so hopefully they can do something for him.”

George O'Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, said: “We are in touch with Bernard's wife Lesley and the Gallacher family and, obviously, we join with everyone in wishing Bernard a speedy recovery.”

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