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PGA play-offs: Hutcheon targets place in cup team

Greig Hutcheon, the Tartan Tour's order of merit winner this season, has his eyes on a few prizes in this week's Titleist PGA Play-offs in Turkey.

The 39-year-old is one of 24 PGA professionals from across the UK and Ireland teeing-up in the 72-hole shoot-out which offers the leading finishers places in some of the European Tour's most lucrative events, including the flagship BMW PGA Championship.

In addition to that bounty, the top three players at the Antalya resort will qualify for the GB&I team for next year's PGA Cup with the USA at Slaley Hall.

"I'm never going to play in a Ryder Cup, so this is the best thing I can hope to do professionally and I'd love to represent Great Britain and Ireland," said Hutcheon.

Glasgow's David Orr and Edinburgh-based Welshman Gareth Wright, who both helped Scotland win the PGAs of Europe Team Championship in Portugal a fortnight ago, will be aiming for individual success this week, while Scott Henderson, the former European Tour Rookie of the Year, makes up a four-man contingent from the Tartan Tour.

*Spain's Carlota Ciganda is the first player since Laura Davies in 1985 to win both the Ladies' European Tour money list and the Rookie of the Year title in the same season.

The 22-year-old from Pamplona, world famous for its annual bull run through the streets, secured top spot with a 10th-place finish at the Omega Dubai Masters.

China's world No.6 Shanshan Feng won the event by a runaway five-stroke margin from Netherlands' Dewi Claire Schreefel, herself four clear of third-placed pair Becky Brewerton and Caroline Masson.

Feng, who at the LPGA Championship in June became the first Chinese golfer, male or female, to win a major, shot a closing 69 for a tournament record 21-under-par total of 267.

With Ciganda climbing through the field with a 68, Masson had to finish joint second to deny her the Order of Merit crown, but a triple-bogey on the 12th and a bogey at the 17th left her with too much to do.

Welsh Solheim Cup player Brewerton finished with a 65 to tie with Masson on 12 under.

Feng, already five clear when she teed off, said: "It's my first time in Dubai and now I am in love with it.

"I was just playing my own golf. I said at the start if I shot five under nobody could catch me. We had a little more wind and it was tougher to play, so three under was not a bad score."

* Peter Senior became the oldest winner in Australian Open history after battling gale-force winds on a brutal final day to beat Brendan Jones by one shot in fading light at The Lakes.

On a dramatic day in which play was suspended for three hours as 50mph winds made the course unplayable, the consistent Senior carded a level-par 72 to finish at four-under-par for the championship.

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