Hutcheon drawing on know-how for cup bid
Golf: Banchory player will use experience to defeat Americans
Banchory’s Greig Hutcheon is hoping his experience will help Great Britain and Ireland to victory in the PGA Cup, which gets under way today at Foxhills Resort, Surrey.
The 44-year-old, who is attached to the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre Inchmarlo, is making his second appearance in the event.
He helped Great Britain and Ireland end America’s three-game winning streak at the De Vere Slaley Hall four years ago.
The hosts will be gunning for their third win in a row having won 13.512.5 in California last time around as Great Britain and Ireland recorded their first win on American soil. Hutcheon said: “They’ll be a team that we have to show a lot of respect to. I certainly found that out when I played the match in 2013. I wasn’t too sure about what sort of standard to expect and I only won two and lost three. Hopefully, at worst, I can flip that result around this year.”
The event for club professionals follows the same format as the Ryder Cup, with four foursomes and fourballs matches on each of the first two days and 10 singles matches on the final day.
Hutcheon and Ireland’s Damien McGrane are the only two players in the home side who have played in the match before.
The Banchory golfer added: “On match-day, you’re representing your country, so there are a few butterflies. It’s very similar to playing in a big tour event – like the PGA championship at Wentworth. It does get the juices flowing. There’s a lot of tension there because you want to do so well. Sometimes, you just have to take a step back, have a calm mind. Once the match gets going it’s so enjoyable. You’re part of a team and working for each other.”
The prospects of any north-east players making the top 20 and ties who will advance after today’s final round at the European Tour qualifying school stage one event at the Roxburghe Hotel course, near Kelso, are bleak.
Peterhead’s Ross Cameron, 13 shots behind English leader Sam Hutsby (65 for 202), has the best chance. He had a third-round 71 for a one-under-par tally of 215 but, in joint 31st place overnight, Cameron needs to improve at least 11 places and that will call for a sub70 score which he has not managed so far.
Peterhead’s Philip McLean had a third-round 75, his worst so far, and dropped back to joint 41st on 217. Chris Robb (Meldrum House) had a 72 for 219 and looks out of the chase in joint 53rd place. Banchory-born James Byrne made the expensive long trip back to Scotland from his Singapore base in vain. He had a 73 for 223.
“Representing your country, so there are a few butterflies”
CUP COUNTDOWN: Greig Hutcheon in action at the Foxhills course yesterday