Oct 12th, 2020
Hatton breaks into World top ten
Englishman wins BMW PGA Championship by four shots
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The Englishman, who turns 29 this coming Wednesday, regularly attended the Wentworth showpiece as a kid and he etched his name alongside some of the greats of the game courtesy of a five-under-par final round 67 and a four-stroke victory in the third Rolex Series event of the 2020 Race to Dubai.
In more benign conditions at the prestigious Surrey venue, numerous challengers staked a claim for the title early on, but Hatton – who admitted that he had been more nervous ahead of the final round than he had been on his Ryder Cup debut in 2018 – was composure personified as he pulled away from the pack thanks to three successive birdies around the turn.
He never looked back and a birdie at the final hole earned him a 19 under total for the Championship, sealing a fifth European Tour title and elevating him to eighth in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex.
Perez, who has now finished runner-up in three of his 11 Rolex Series appearances, put up an almighty battle having started the day three shots behind Hatton. He reached the turn in four-under after an eagle at the par five fourth hole, but his challenge faded down the stretch and he signed for a four-under round of 68 and a 15 under total.
Patrick Reed extended his lead at the top of the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex with a share of third place on 14 under par, alongside Andy Sullivan - the Englishman recording his best finish in his home event. Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter was a further shot back on 13 under par after a closing 68.