Gallacher celebrates family win at Hero Indian Open
It takes one heck of a golfer to come back and win after a quadruple bogey eight all but destroys your chances.
Yet that’s what 44-year-old Stephen Gallacher did at the Hero Indian Open, winning his first European Tour title in five years.
“When you’re 44 you’re sort of in the twilight [of your career], so this is a big win for me,” said Gallacher.
“It was good to finish it out the way I did it, three under for the last four is a great way to finish.”
Certainly one of the most difficult finishes on the European Tour, New Delhi’s DLF Golf and Country Club, had taken its toll on several potential winners.
Stephen Gallacher with his son Jack (Credit: European Tour)
Yet Gallacher was surprisingly calm, even after that horror quadruple bogey eight on the seventh hole.
After a birdie at the first the Scot gave the shot back on the third and when he had to go back to the tee twice at the seventh, his chances looked to have crashed and burned.
A closing 71, with stunning approach shots at the last two holes for birdies, saw Gallacher finish at nine under for a one shot win over Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura, with Spaniard Jorge Campillo a further shot back.
What made the win even more special for the veteran was he had his son Jack caddying for him.
“It was great to have him on the bag and it was Mother’s Day as well so that makes it even more special,” said Gallacher.
Jake Higginbottom finished the best of the Aussies after turning around his third round 77 with a final day 68 to secure a share of 27th place.
Marcus Fraser joined last week’s Maybank Championship winner Scott Hend in a tie for 35th. Hend was looking in good form to secure back-to-back wins before falling away with rounds of 74 and 79 across the weekend.
Sam Brazel was the next best of the Australians in a share of 45th with Daniel Nisbet (T54) and Terry Pilkadaris (T63) rounding out the field.