Stephen Gallacher planning one final push

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Lothians star Stephen Gallacher is planning one final push at the end of a long campaign in his bid to land an end-of-season bonus.

The 40-year-old finished as top Scot as he shared 16th spot behind American Brooks Koepka in the £4.4 million Turkish Airlines Open.

But, through a top-heavy points system in place for the European Tour’s Final Series, Gallacher dropped down a spot to 15th in the Race to Dubai.

It means he now needs to climb at least two places in this week’s DP World Tour Championship in Dubai to beat his previous best finish of 14th on the money-list in 2004.

Also, Gallacher has to stay in the top 15 come Sunday night to secure a share of a $5m “Bonus Pool” being handed out after the season-ending event.

“I will probably will go down the rankings after today,” he admitted after signing off with a 70 for his nine-under-par total at Montgomerie Maxx Royal.

“But it only takes one good performance to shoot up the rankings so I will be trying for a big week in Dubai to stay in the Bonus Pool.”

Both Gallacher and Chris Doak, based at Turnhouse, signed off their Turkey trip with unlikely birdie-4s.

Finishing first of the two, Doak’s was described as “the 4 of the century” by his caddie, Dave Renwick. It followed the former Tartan Tour No. 1 carving his drive way right then getting unlucky with a free drop as it nestled into a heavy lie.

But he conjured up a great shot to hook one round the trees and put his next one from 115 yards to six feet as it ran down the slope across the green.

Damian Moore, Gallacher’s caddie, described his man’s

birdie at the same hole shortly afterwards as “unbelievable”.

He was almost in a bush from the tee, hacked it out then hit a rescue club to four feet.

“My long game was great, but I didn’t get close enough with my wedges to make more birdies,” said Gallacher.

Doak needed to finish in the top 60 in the money list after the Belek event to go to Dubai.

He closed with a 69 to secure a top-20 finish, but it only lifted him to 72nd in the rankings.

Koepka, winner of the Scottish Challenge in Aviemore last June, claimed his first European Tour title with a closing 65.

It means Rory McIlroy has won the Race to Dubai for the second time in two years.