Scottish hospital admits Gallacher for unknown ailment
ABERDEEN, Scotland — Bernard Gallacher, a former Ryder Cup captain, was hospitalized late Thursday in critical condition, according to his family and the regional hospital system, but it's not clear why he has been admitted.
Nephew Stephen Gallacher, who pulled out of the second round of the ISPS Handa Wales Open on Friday morning because of a back injury, said of his 64-year-old uncle to U.K. media: "I understand that he is critical but stable. My family is in disarray at the moment and it is obviously a worrying situation. We are all anxious."
NHS Grampian, one of the regional Scottish hospital networks, confirmed to U.K. media that Gallacher was being treated in Aberdeen but did not elaborate.
Bernard Gallacher captained Europe in three Ryder Cups, losing at Kiawah in 1991 and at The Belfry in 1993 before regaining the cup in 1995 at Oak Hill.
After winning the Scottish Amateur Stroke Play Championship in 1967, Gallacher turned pro. He was named the European Tour's rookie of the year in 1968. In 1969, he became the youngest winner of the British PGA Championship, at 20 years and 97 days. That mark stood until this year, when Italy's Matteo Manassero won at Wentworth at 20 years, 37 days.
Gallacher's 22 worldwide victories include 10 titles on the European Tour. He played for Great Britain and Ireland, and later Europe, in eight Ryder Cups.