Hutsby builds on bumper pay-day

Sam Hutsby
Sam Hutsby
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Resurgent Sam Hutsby delivered another encouraging performance on the European Challenge Tour to underline the belief he is getting back to his best form.

The former Lee-on-the-Solent man has suffered a barren few years after bursting onto the scene in 2009.

Hutsby earned nearly 200,000 euros in his first full year on tour in 2010 but his form has tailed off alarmingly since then, losing his card before battling back on the Challenge Tour.

The 25-year-old blazed into form recently with a runners-up spot in Slovakia to pick up more than 17,000 euros – his biggest pay-day in two years.

But that was made to look like pocket change by his efforts at the Russian Open as he finished in fourth place for a whopping 50,000 euros – the biggest prize money haul of his career from a single tournament.

It was regarded as a European Tour event and therefore doesn’t count towards his efforts at claiming a place in the top-15 on the Challenge Tour.

But it rocketed him up to 166th in the Race to Dubai rankings, having only played two events on the top tier this term.

Far from resting on his laurels, Hutsby returned to the Challenge Tour last week at the Azerbaijan Open and turned in another impressive display.

Although he missed out on another top-10 finish by just two strokes, he ended in a tie for 13th to add another 5,100 euros to the coffers.

Rounds of 71, 68 and 74 left him down in 37th but a superb final-round 66 saw him climb up the standings.

Hutsby will attempt to continue his fine run at the Norwegian Challenge this week.