Capital star John Gallagher was back to full health as he launched ‘take two’ of his bid to prosper on this season’s Alps Tour.
The former Scottish Amateur champion was forced to retire through illness during last week’s Red Sea El Ein Bay Open, the first part of a double-header in Egypt. But, helped by a couple of days rest in between, he opened with a three-under 69 in this week’s Red Sea Little Venice Open to sit joint-14th.
“I had a problem while I was putting before I started to play my second round last week,” he said, having opened with a 73 then to sit just outside the top 20.
“My eyes started running and my nose started as well. I tried to play but it got to the point my I could hardly see mostly when I was putting with my head down. I played 12 holes but at that point I could not carry on. I was really disappointed as it was the first time I’d had to come off the course since turning pro.
”I got checked out with the doctor and I was given some tablets to help. A few others have fallen ill while we’ve been here.”
The setback followed Gallagher’s clubs being lost by an airline en route to Egypt and severely disrupting his preparation. “It’s been a tough trip so far, but, after a few days, it was good to be back playing and also starting with a three-under round,” he added.