Stephen has been a European Tour player since 1996, having turned professional the previous year on the back of a glittering amateur career.
Early highlights included a Scottish Amateur Championship victory at Glasgow Gailes in 1992, three years before he played on a winning Great Britain & Ireland team in the Walker Cup at Royal Porthcawl.
His breakthrough on the European Tour came in the 2004 Dunhill Links Championship, beating Graeme McDowell in a play-off on the Old Course at St Andrews. Stephen then became the first player to successfully defend the Omega Dubai Desert Classic title with wins at the Emirates Golf Club in 2013 and 2014. The second of those successes helped him secure one of Paul McGinley’s wild cards for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, meaning Stephen made his debut in the biennial event on home soil.
His career-best in the world rankings is 31st while his highest finishes on the European Tour Order of Merit have been 15th (2004) and 16th (2014).
Stephen, who is attached to Kingsfield Golf Centre on the outskirts of Linlithgow, is held with the highest regard and respect by his fellow professionals and officials, as well as his sponsors.
Off the golf course, he is fully-committed to the Stephen Gallacher Foundation, which he set up in 2012. The Foundation, which is predominantly based in his native Lothians, aims to offer children from as young as four-years-old the chance to learn how to play the game and then, as they get older and develop, enjoy it both socially and competitively.