Ryder Cup - Bernard Gallacher critically ill after heart attack

Former European Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher is critically ill in hospital after suffering a heart attack.

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Bernard Gallacher kisses the Ryder Cup after victory at Oak Hill in 1995

The 64-year-old won 10 events on the European Tour as a player but is best known for his association with the Ryder Cup tournament.

Gallagher played in the event eight times as a player and was captain of the European Team in 1991, 1993 and 1995.

That was considered a golden era for the competition with Europe losing narrowly in the first two events before famously winning at Oak Hill in 1995.

His daughter Kirsty is also a familiar face on television and currently works as a presenter on Sky Sports News.

He is currently being treated at the Aberdeen royal infirmary.

The European Tour's chief executive George O'Grady said: "We are in touch with Bernard's wife, Lesley, and the Gallacher family and, obviously, we join with everyone in wishing Bernard a speedy recovery."

His nephew Stephen, who plays on the European Tour added: "I understand that he is critical but stable. My family is in disarray at the moment and it is obviously a worrying situation. We are all anxious."

Gallacher was awarded an OBE in 1996.

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