Gallacher remains ‘critical’ amid brain damage fears

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FORMER Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher remains in a “critical” condition today in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary amid fears he may have suffered brain damage after his heart attack.

The 64-year-old Bathgate born golfer is being treated for what is understood to be a heart problem after being taken ill on Thursday evening.

Renton Laidlaw, the veteran broadcaster and journalist who has known Gallacher for more than 50 years, who visited him said : “I was up at Aberdeen. He is obviously in a critical condition and he is sedated but he has had a quiet night.“I think he is a fit person, he doesn’t drink, he keeps himself fit, he doesn’t smoke and hopefully he will make a good recovery. “We don’t know just what brain damage there might be but we are keeping our fingers crossed that it’s not too bad.”

Gallacher made the first of his eight Ryder Cup appearances as a player in 1969, the same year he became the youngest winner of the PGA Championship at 20 years and 97 days, a record which stood until earlier this year. He went on to win ten European Tour titles. He was Ryder Cup captain in 1991, 1993 and 1995.

Mr Gallacher, who lives in Berkshire with his wife Lesley, is the father of three children, the most famous of whom is television presenter Kirsty Gallacher. His nephew Stephen Gallacher, 38, also a professional golfer, said the family was in “disarray”. “