Friday, 19 March 2010
Scotland's Bernard Gallacher rolled back the years today with a sizzling seven under par 65 to force his way into contention for a victory at his first attempt on the European Seniors Tour.

The victorious Ryder Cup Captain from 1995, who became eligible for the Seniors Tour when he turned 50 in February, vaulted from 49th place to a share of second in the Beko Classic in Turkey.

Gallacher lies just a stroke behind wily campaigner Tommy Horton, winner of the Seniors Order of Merit for the past three years, after trimming 13 shots off his opening effort.

The gritty Scot had been in danger of missing the cut after an opening 78, but he blitzed the front nine in 29 to set up his 65, the lowest round of the week at Klassis Golf and Country Club by three strokes.

It was his lowest score since shooting 65 in the second round of the French Open in 1990 and he admitted: "That was fun. I couldn't even remember the last time I shot such a low round. I just knew it was a long, long time.

"It's nice to get into contention again. That was my only aim this week. Now I can go out in the last round and see what happens."

Horton, 57, shot a 70 for 142, two under par, to lead Gallacher and the joint first round leaders, Alan Tapie of America and another Scot, Norman Wood, by a stroke. Tapie and Wood shot 74's to follow their opening 69's.

"I predicted this" said Horton admiringly. "I played with Bernard at Royal Jersey last week and knew he would be dangerous on the Seniors Tour. That was a terrific round."

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