Stephen Gallacher has been handed a repreive after his DP World Tour membership was taken away from him for six months. Matt Chivers explains

Former European Ryder Cup player Stephen Gallacher was forced into DP World Tour Q-school this year for the first time since 2009 after losing his card.

He finished 173rd in the Race to Dubai in 2022, then his playing rights were reduced to a category that gave him fleeting exemptions on the DP World Tour and the Challenge Tour after failing to get through Q-School.

But an incredible twist in the tale has handed the Scotsman a reprieve.

Gallacher has immediately returned to the tour this week after a “genuine administrative error” excluded him from the first six months of the schedule.

He has kept his playing rights via his position on the Career Money List. The tour has given the 48-year-old an “unreserved apology” and will extend his membership in 2024 to make up for the lost time.

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Gallacher was initially told category 11 concerning career money wouldn’t allow him playing rights, but this decision has been reversed.

The four-time winner of the formerly-named European Tour made his 600th start at the AVIV Dubai Championship in 2021, and he has since spoken about the hardship he’s experienced in the time he spent away from the tour.

“The past six months have been hard, and sitting on the sidelines watching tour events is no substitute for playing in them,” he said via the Bounce website.

“I am as competitive now as I have always been, and from Qualifying School, to last minute DP World Tour invitations, through to Challenge Tour events, my ambition and desire to get back playing and winning has never wavered.”

“I am still hugely motivated and I can now plan my schedule for the rest of this campaign to try to secure my card back based purely on my results on the course.”

Gallacher made his sole appearance for Team Europe at Gleneagles in 2014. Despite failing to deliver a point, Paul McGinley’s side comfortably triumphed over the Americans.

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Matt Chivers

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Matt is NCG's man for all things going on in the world of tour golf. Kent born and bred, Matt is 7 handicap at Royal Cinque Ports and spent many years caddying at Royal St George's before moving north to study history at the University of Liverpool. Away from golf, Matt is an avid Arsenal fan and horse racing enthusiast. He is also keen to point out his surname is pronounced Chiv-ers, not Chive-ers. Matt is currently playing: Driver: Cobra LTDx LS, 3-wood: Cobra LTDx, Utility: TaylorMade 4 DHY, Irons: Ping G10 4-PW, Ping Glide 4.0 (50,54,58), Putter: TaylorMade Spider GTX

Handicap: 7

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