Bernard Gallacher OBE
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Sturdy, stocky and a bulldog of a golfer – that is, and always will be, Bernard. This battle-hardened player from Bathgate in Scotland was the original young wonder of the PGA European tour, winning the PGA Championship just two years after turning professional in 1967. Thirteen more titles followed in between the demands of Bernard’s other job as the club professional at Wentworth Club.
Bernard played in every Ryder Cup from 1969-83. In the late ‘80’s he helped Tony Jacklin before taking over the captaincy in 1991. Unlucky in his first year, Bernard won the Cup as Captain on his third attempt. His calm and collected leadership was vital to the European team’s stunning victory at Oak Hill in New York State.
Following a quarter of a century as Club Professional, Bernard left Wentworth at the end of 1996. In 1997, he spent more time with his family and played more golf. Bernard also commentated on the Ryder Cup for Sky and worked with various blue chip companies, particularly on their corporate entertainment where - following his time at Wentworth - he is regarded as a “golf day specialist”.
Bernard turned fifty in 1999 and has played on the European Seniors Tour ever since where he is perhaps the biggest “name”. Following several consistent years, Bernard finally won in July 2002 at the Mobile Cup held at Stoke Poges. Other titles cannot be far away for the talented Scot.
Bernard is an ambassador in Seniors Golf for Callaway. He plays “Hawk Eye” woods as well as the X12 Irons. Bernard also launched his own golf academy at Selfridges in April 2002.
Away from the golf course, Bernard’s Ryder Cup speech is highly regarded as an informative insight into the world’s biggest golf event from one of Europe’s most successful players/captains.
Bernard also spends time keeping fit, walking the dog, reading biographies and supporting several charities.
PGA EUROPEAN TOUR TOURNAMENT VICTORIES: TOTAL 15
1969 Schweppes PGA Championship, W.D. & H.O. Willis Open
1971 Martini International
1973 Coca-Cola Young Professionals’ Championship
1974 Carrolls International, Dunlop Masters (play-off)
1975 Dunlop Masters
1977 Spanish Open
1979 French Open
1980 Haig Whisky TPC
1981 Cold Shield Greater Manchester Open
1982 Martini International, Jersey Open (play-off)
1984 Jersey Open
2002 The Mobile Cup (European Seniors Tour)
EUROPEAN RYDER CUP PLAYER 1969–1983 CAPTAIN 1991, 1993, 1995 (victorious)