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Bernard Gallacher ‘Making Good Recovery’
Former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher is making a good recovery from the suspected heart attack which put him in the hospital, according to his daughter Kirsty.
The 64-year-old golf legend, who won 10 European titles, was admitted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in critical condition just over a week ago.
However, his daughter and television presenter Kirsty has allayed fears by taking to her Twitter account, saying: "Thank you all so much for your kind messages of support, it's been quite overwhelming.
"Dad now making a good recovery."
She added: "We are all so grateful for the fabulous support we've had. It's kept us going."
Gallacher, born in Bathgate, led Europe to victory over the United States in the Ryder Cup in 1995, having been captain in 1991 and 1993. He made his debut in the competition as a player in 1969, the same year he became the youngest ever golfer to win the PGA Championship at just 20 years and 97 days.
That record stood right up until earlier this year, where it was beaten by Italian Matteo Manassero, who triumphed at Wentworth aged 20 years and 37 days.