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Gallacher named January’s European Tour Golfer of the Month
Stephen Gallacher has been named European Tour Golfer of the Month for January following his successful effort to retain his Omega Dubai Desert Classic title – the only player to ever do so since its inception in 1989.
“I am really pleased to be named The European Tour Golfer of the Month for January, especially given some great performances by players both in South Africa and the Desert Swing events,” said a proud Gallacher.
“To be picked ahead of the likes of Louis Oosthuizen, Pablo Larrazabal and Sergio Garcia, who were all winners last month, means a lot to me and I am very grateful to be recognised in this way.
“The Omega Dubai Desert Classic and the Emirates Golf Club is obviously a special event for me and to be given this award makes it an even more memorable month.”
The European Tour Golfer of the Month Panel is comprised of members of the Association of Golf Writers as well as commentators from both television and radio media.
Renton Laidlaw, popular commentator for The Golf Channel, said: “Louis Oosthuizen’s performance was remarkable, Pablo Larrazábal won with Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson breathing down his neck and Sergio Garcia produced a sparking finish.
“But Stephen Gallacher became the first player in 25 years to defend the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and he did it with two back nines to die for in the third and fourth round against arguably the strongest field of the month. Stephen is an excellent ambassador for The European Tour, he dug deep on the final day and he fully deserves to be The European Tour Golfer of the Month for January.”