On day one of the Trophee Hassan II, Stephen Gallacher dropped an albatross on the par-5 8th hole. It was Gallacher’s second albatross of the season, and of his career.
The popular veteran made news recently when he ended a five-year winless drought by claiming victory at the Hero Indian Open with his 18-year old son Jack on the bag.
Gallacher, who started on the back nine at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, was even-par through 15 but caught fire down the stretch, producing a 5-under par on his final three holes (birdie-albatross-birdie).
The 44-year-old Scot used a 3-iron for his 240-yard hole-out alby.
“Golf is a very strange game!” said Gallacher, the senior. “He [Jack] was confident on it. There’s only one club, it’s just the ball flight, I had to flight it down a little bit. It was 240, trying to land it 225 and run it up the green and it just came out at the perfect trajectory.
“I got a good bounce and thought it was going to run up to eight feet or something like that and it went in.”
At 5-under par, Gallacher was T4 alongside Frenchman Mattieu Pavon and Italy’s Edoardo Molinari, brother of Francesco. The trio were two off the pace of round-one leader Jordan Smith (66).