Stephen Gallacher dreams of playing at the Masters after winning in Dubai
Last Updated: February 3, 2013 3:07pm
Stephen Gallacher bagged five eagles during an incredible four days in Dubai
Stephen Gallacher wants to play at the Masters after winning only his second European Tour title in 20 years in Dubai.
The nephew of former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher saw off the late challenge of South African Richard Sterne to secure the Dubai Desert Classic by three shots.
"It's taken a long time, but it's even sweeter now," the Scot told Sky Sports.
His first victory came on home soil at St Andrews in the Dunhill Links Championship nine years ago and this was the 404th start of his career.
Having entered the tournament 111th in the world, the former Walker Cup amateur should now qualify for the 64-man Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona later this month.
And if he can make the top 50 a debut in the US Masters at Augusta is realistic for a player who was back at the Tour qualifying school in 2009 during a struggle with sarcoidosis, a viral infection affecting lungs and joints.
"It's the only major I've not played," he said of the Masters. "I sit at home with the kids and watch it every year, so it would be a dream to play there."
During a fourth-round 71 to card a tournament record-equalling 22-under-par total, the 38-year-old sank a 110-yard wedge from the rough at the 16th
- his fifth eagle of the event.
He added: "I don't really know what to say. You need that little bit of magic."