Tyrrell Hatton completes Alfred Dunhill Links Championship victory

Posted October 11, 2017

Tyrrell Hatton retained his title at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship yesterday after carding a six-under 66 in the final round.

The victory is Hatton's second on the European Tour and he now becomes one of four men to successfully defend a trophy for their first two wins.

Hatton had said before he teed off that to win at the Home of Golf once was incredible, but to do it twice would be "a dream come true".

Ross Fisher was his closest challenger as he fired 11 birdies on his way to a course record 61, although he will no doubt be disappointed that he failed to post the European Tour's first ever sub-60 round.

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"I felt like I saw the lines on the greens, had a really good score and knew I was playing for second because Tyrrell was nearly too far in front".

Led by Fisher and Frenchman Victor Dubuisson with his 63, the 68 players were a combined 229-under-par for the final circuit, so just imagine how frustrating it was for Rory McIlroy, for example, to be among just eight that failed to break the par of 72.

Hatton came in to the final day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with a healthy five shot lead but experienced an early hiccup when he put his approach on the opening hole in to the Swilcan Burn.

Just imagine the damage someone like Dustin Johnson could have done on a day like Sunday round there, though McIlroy, admittedly, is another of the game's long-hitters and that didn't seem to do him any good on this occasion.

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Yet although Fisher made history, he was only second for the second year in a row, and it was Hatton who took the £595,000 first prize, taking his winnings in this event in two years to a cool £1.2 million.

Golf-wise, he made great strides and won five collegiate events during his four years in America.

"When you get St. Andrews on a day like this, it's definitely scoreable, but you still have to hit the shots", he said. "And I think when you look at the numbers this year, where we are with distance spikes, and then you combined things like this, it certainly gives them something more to point maybe to the person who's kind of wondering if this is a good thing or not". Unfortunately Tyrrell was too far ahead. "It's absolutely brilliant to win the Team Championship for a third time".

Fisher poured in four more birdies on the back nine to pull within three with three holes to go and enter 59 watch.

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