Stephen aims for Dubaii hat-trick

Stephen Gallacher gets in the swing.
Stephen Gallacher gets in the swing.

Linlithgow’s Stephen Gallacher has set his sights on making more history with a third successive win when the Omega Dubai Desert Classic gets under way at Emirates Golf Club next Thursday.

Although South Africa’s Ernie Els has won the title on three occasions, the record of making it two on the bounce had eluded the field until last year when Gallacher successfully defended his crown.

Gallacher, (40) who is also a golf in DUBAi ambassador, has put himself within touching distance of completing a hat-trick of titles after an incredible 2014, which saw him make a winning Ryder Cup debut at Gleneagles, rise to number 35 in the world and win over $2 million in prize money.

This week he is competing in the Qatar Masters but with his confidence on a new high, Gallacher believes an early success in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic followed by the Malaysian Open, will put him on course for even better results as he gives the final touches to his schedule for 2015.

He said: “I love Dubai, I love the tournament and it will be great to repeat the success but I not getting ahead of myself.

‘‘I hope to play well again and see where that leaves me.

“To defend the title in 2014, which was the 25th anniversary of the event, was special with all the former champions in the field. Dubai is one of my favourite stops on the European Tour.”

Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice-chairman and CEO of golf in Dubai, said: “Stephen is a world-class player, one whose hard word has paid off in spades as his recent achievements suggest.

‘‘We are really impressed by his constant quest for high performance. Stephen is doing great work through his foundation to help junior players maximize their potential through playing golf.

‘‘At the sametime he is encouraging a healthy lifestyle, while teacing them discipline, honesty and the joys of the game.’’