20 Sep 17
PGA Cup hero Greig Hutcheon is tied for the lead with Gareth Wright, a winner in that event two years ago, heading into the final round of the £50,000 P&H Championship in East Lothian.
The duo are locked together on nine-under-par, one ahead of in-form Gavin Hay, after producing golf to match the sun-kissed conditions at The Renaissance Club.
Hutcheon, who secured victory for Albert MacKenzie's team in a 16-10 victory over the Americans in the PGA Cup at Foxhills in Surrey on Sunday, set the clubhouse target after backing up an opening 67 with a 66.
"I'm chuffed with that because I have been struggling lately," admitted the 44-year-old, who is attached to the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre Inchmarlo.
Hutcheon's surge to the top of the leaderboard in this 54-hole event was the result of a profitable day on the greens on the magnificent Tom Doak-designed course.
"My putter has worked well over the past two days and that has certainly made a difference," he added after not only taking his opportunities when they came along but also saving par when needed.
Wright, who helped GB&I record a first PGA Cup triumph on US soil at CordeValle in California two years ago, matched Hutcheon's clubhouse target thanks to a superb 65 - the best score over the opening two days.
"I had a solid golf game out there today," said the West Linton professional and reigning Scottish PGA champion after signing for an eagle and six birdies.
"It was also nice to play in a T-shirt for a change as the weather at all the other Order of Merit events so far this season has been brutal."
Hay, winner of both the Deer Park Masters and Carnegie Invitational at Skibo Castle in recent weeks, is in the mix again after opening rounds of 68 and 66.
"I've played well most of the season, but I have started to get a wee bit confidence from seeing some putts go in," said the 25-year-old from Grantown-on-Spey.
"I was struggling with that part of my game after having to find something different when the belly putters were banned.
"In fact, I putted terrible last year, but I am now with a split hands grip and, though it looks a bit Happy Gilmore, it has definitely made a difference and that's helping me get a bit momentum."
Defending champion Paul O'Hara sits fourth but five off the lead after having four three-putts, including one from around 20 feet at the last, in his second-round 72.
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