Thursday, October 18, 2018

Hutcheon records third Scottish PGA 

Championship victory at Gleneagles

Greig Hutcheon held off a two-pronged challenge from the O'Hara brothers - Paul and Steven - to complete a hat-trick of wins in the M and H Logistics Scottish PGA Championship.
The 45-year-old pipped the siblings by a shot after a thrilling last-day battle on the King's Course at Gleneagles to add to earlier victories in the Tartan Tour's flagship event in 1999 and 2013.
"This possibly feels better than the first two," said Hutcheon, who is attached to Paul Lawrie Golf Centre near Aberdeen.
"I’m 46 in March and to come back from thinking my body is giving up and shoot 12-under for four days gives me hope. I’m pretty chuffed."
Hutcheon, who had started the day tied for the lead with Paul, the younger of the O'Hara’s, secured a £9,000 top prize by closing with a 68.
The key moment came at the driveable par-4 14th, where O'Hara suffered an unfortunate break as his tee shot stick up on the back at the right of the green.
From there, he dropped a shot while Hutcheon made a birdie to give him a cushion over the closing holes.
"I played nicely today," added Hutcheon, a seven-time Tartan Tour Order of Merit winner. "I felt like I was in control and kept it steady.
"Paul got unlucky on 14. He hit a perfect drive down the right and, instead of kicking in it just stuck. The two-swing there helped me along."
Paul, winner of the Northern Open earlier in the year, and former European Tour player Steven each picked up £5,500 for sharing second spot.
"Fourteen was unlucky and it just got stuck in thick rough," said Paul. "It was the worst lie possible. That’s a birdie hole so a bogey felt like a double bogey.
"I tried to give it a go on the last and my drive was 310 through the air. I knocked a 7-iron on to 25 feet and I thought when the putt was halfway it was in. But it just missed on the left."
Steven closed with a best-of-the-day 63, bagging birdies at the 10th, 12th, 14th, 15th and 18th as he stormed home in 30.
"I thought my brother would come through the pack," added Paul. "I said before the event that he’s the man to beat this week as he’s been playing brilliantly the last wee while.
"It’s great to see him up there as he’s had his struggles over the past few years and with me caddying for him during those years I saw those struggles.
"He should be on the European Tour. Even people at the British Masters last week were asking what he’s doing. They know he’s one of the best ball strikers around."
Chris Currie ran up up a triple-bogey 7 at the first after a lost ball but bounced back to salvage a 69 as he shared fourth spot with Paul McKechnie (67).



TotalR1R2R3R4TotalPointsPrize Fund 
1Scotland Greig Hutcheon
  Paul Lawrie Golf Centre
T2Scotland Steven O'Hara
  North Lanarkshire Leisure Ltd
T2Scotland Paul O'Hara
  North Lanarkshire Leisure Ltd
T4Scotland Paul McKechnie
  Braid Hills Golf Range
T4Scotland Christopher Currie
  Erskine Golf Club
6Scotland Graham FoxG. Fox
  Clydeway Golf
T7Scotland Alastair Forsyth
  Mearns Castle Golf Academy
T7Scotland Greg McBain
  Newmachar Golf Club
T9Scotland Gavin Hay
  Mearns Castle Golf Academy
T9Scotland Neil Fenwick
  Dunbar Golf Club
T9Scotland Jamie McLearyEF-567696970275140£1,433.33
12Scotland Craig LeeC. Lee
  Craig Lee Golf Studio
13Scotland Stephen Gray
  Lanark Golf Club
T14Scotland Graeme Brown
  Montrose Golf Links Ltd.
T14Scotland James Steven
  Pumpherston Golf Club
T16Scotland James McGhee
  Swanston Golf Club
T16Scotland Thomas Higson
  The Gleneagles Hotel
T16Scotland Michael Patterson
  Williamwood Golf Club
T16Scotland Fraser McKenna
  Caldwell Golf Club
T16Scotland Chris Kelly
  Scotland for Golf
T16Scotland Andrew Oldcorn
  Kings Acre Golf Course
22Wales Gareth Wright
  West Linton Golf Club
23Scotland Zack Saltman-1F+47169756928474£540.00
T24Scotland Graeme McDougall
  Elie Links
T24Scotland Cameron Farrell
  Cardross Golf Club
T26Scotland Ross Munro
  Duddingston Golf Club
T26Scotland Greg Paxton
  Ralston Golf Club
28Scotland Kris Nicol
  Dunes Golf Centre
29Scotland Ross Cameron-2F+87272766828856£480.00
30Scotland Craig Ronald
  Carluke Golf Club
31Scotland Marc Owenson
  Gullane Golf Club
32Scotland Rory Tinker
  Piperdam Golf and Leisure Resort



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