Gallacher up for Dubai hat trick

Stephen Gallacher will be playing to join an elite group of players when he tees off for round one of the Dubai Desert Classic on Thursday.

Gallacher became the first man to retain the Classic title last and will be playing to win the title for third consecutive year.

Should complete the hat-trick of titles on Sunday he will become on the sixth ever man to win a European Tour title three times in a row.

The Scot says told the European Tour website that he will be trying to put all thoughts of the record out of his mind.

“I’m going to approach it the same as last year, not try to put too much pressure on myself and just go ahead and enjoy it. Hopefully come Sunday, I’m in position to give it a good go,” he said.

“My plan is to try and not put myself under any pressure. I mean, I’d love to make it three in a row, don’t get me wrong. To win last year on the 25th anniversary was special, with the field and with the history behind it.

“I took a lot of confidence from that and it set up the best year of my career in many ways. I’m hoping to just keep building on it.

“It’s a course I play well, so I’m hoping to just not think too much about it and just get on and play golf really.

“You get certain places where everything seems to click for you, and I certainly feel good coming here and I really enjoy playing the course and I love coming to Dubai.”

Ian Woosnam, Sir Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie, Tiger Woods and Ernie Els are the only other players to win a European Tour even three years in a row.