Hutcheon draw­ing on know-how for cup bid

Golf: Ban­chory player will use ex­pe­ri­ence to de­feat Amer­i­cans

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT -

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

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