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Four Scotland-based pros in ten-man line-up for match

SCOTTISH interest in the 26th PGA Cup is high with almost half of the ten-man team made up of Scots-based pros.

Greig Hutcheon (Banchory), Scott Henderson (Kings Links) and Graham Fox (Clydeway Golf) will fly the flag for Scotland against the PGA of America team at De Vere Slaley Hall in September, with Wales-born West Linton pro Gareth Wright also in the side.

For each of them, it will be a brand new experience as the team is made up entirely of players who have never played in the event before - but that does not mean they’re any less capable of meeting the challenge.

Hutcheon lifted the Scottish PGA Championship title for the second time this summer, beating fellow PGA Cup team member Gareth Wright to win at Gleneagles. On top of that victory, the Banchory man has 97 European Tour starts, three Challenge Tour victories

and an appearance at the 1998 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale to his name. A consistent winner on the Tartan tour, his credentials are clear and he is also in a rich vein of form in the aftermath of the Scottish PGA Championship.

Wright was unlucky to finish runner-up to Hutcheon at Gleneagles as he squandered a four-shot overnight lead heading into the final day, but will draw on his experience of playing all four rounds at this year’s Open as he takes on his American opponents. Wright, who turned pro in 2005, has had a successful past three years that included a 30th place finish at the Johnnie Walker Championships and qualification for the Open Championship.

Kings Links Golf Centre’s Henderson has been a professional for 21 years and has experience of playing both regional PGA golf and on the European Tour, gaining his tour card for the 1998 season. Henderson spent three full seasons on the European Tour and was awarded the Sir Henry Cotton rookie of the year award. He has also competed in three Open Championships since turning pro: in 1998 at Royal Birkdale, in 2001 at Royal Lytham and St Annes,

and in 2002 at Muirfield.

Graham Fox, the 36-year-old PGA teaching pro from Clydeway Golf in Glasgow, completes a trio of Scots that will compete in the 26th PGA Cup. Fox is a seasoned professional who has placed second on the EuroPro order of merit in 2001, his debut season at that level, before making it through tour school

and onto the European tour in 2002.

He is also a former Scottish PGA Championship winner in 2012, losing his title to Greig Hutcheon this year.

Skippered by Russell Weir with the assistance of Jon Bevan, the Great Britain and Ireland team will look to claim only their third victory in the last 13 stagings of the event.

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