Five Englishmen make up ‘ex-European Tour heavy team’ for September clash with the United States at Foxhills
By Ewan Paton
Albert MacKenzie has confirmed his Great Britain & Ireland PGA Cup team to take on the USA at Foxhills in September, with no fewer than five Englishman in the ten-man squad.
Phillip Archer, Robert Coles and Matthew Cort, as well as Christopher McDonnell and Andrew Raitt make up half of the team challenged with winning the prestigious Llandudno Trophy in Surrey.
Christopher Currie, David Higgins and Garry Houston, along with GreigHutcheon and Damien McGrane, make up the remaining places on the Great Britain & Ireland team competing at the 28th PGA Cup.
MacKenzie, who will be assisted by vice-captains Martyn Thompson and Cameron Clark, said: “I could not be more pleased with the ten players that have made the PGA Cup team this year.
“We have a team of strength, a team of experience and we’re going to be seriously competitive in September.”
Coles and Cort, as well as Scotsman Hutcheon, qualified for the team last October after recording top three finishes at the PGA Play-Offs.
Play-Offs runner-up Coles, finished in the top 100 Order of Merit on the European Tour on three occasions and the 44 year-old has previously tasted success three times on the Challenge Tour.
Forty-two year-old Cort played on the European Tour between 2002 and 2005, with his best finish coming at the Scandinavian Masters in 2002 where he was tied for sixth.
Experienced campaigner Hutcheon, 44, was a member of the 2013 PGA Cup team, which won the competition for the first time since 2005.
Another seasoned pro, Archer, will also provide vital experience to the younger members of the side. The 45 year-old finished runner-up four times on the European Tour and has competed in both the US Open and Open Championship.
Christopher McDonnell and Andrew Raitt complete the English contingent in the team.
Scotland’s Christopher Currie is the youngest member of the side at 34. However, he will head into the match high on confidence after having finished runner-up in the PGA Professional Championship.
David Higgins, who won that particular title in 2016, has plenty of European Tour experience and also makes the side.
Welshman Garry Houston, 46, has two seasons’ experience on the European Tour and Irishman, Damien McGrane, who won the 2008 Volvo China Open before retiring from the European Tour at the end of 2015..
The PGA Cup follows the Ryder Cup format of foursomes, fourballs and singles played over three days.