Oct 9th, 2020
Hatton in share of lead at Wentworth
Englishman enjoys his first round on British soil in 2020
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The 28-year-old Englishman carded an eagle and five birdies, including one at the eighth – his final hole – en route to a six under par round as he chases a third Rolex Series title.
“Obviously it was tough this morning, and I hit a few poor shots, but the key thing was I recovered really well. I followed it up with a really good shot. That kind of kept momentum going. It was easy to make mistakes out there this morning, so I'm very happy with my round." said Hatton after his round.
“I think for me, I just feel pretty comfortable out on the golf course. I've been around it so many times now, so kind of almost has that home course feel and you just feel like you know it so well. Yeah, it was a nice start today and hopefully, I can keep that going the next few days."
The World Number fifteen was joined at the summit by South African Harding and Spaniard Arnaus, both of whom enjoyed flawless six-under rounds in the more favourable afternoon conditions.
Four players sit a shot off the pace, including reigning Open Champion Shane Lowry who continued his strong form on Wentworth’s West Course by opening with a five-under 67 which comprised five birdies and a bogey in his final six holes.
The Irishman shares fourth place with former Ryder Cup player Matt Fitzpatrick, his English compatriot Eddie Pepperell and Malaysia’s Gavin Green. Aaron Rai, who won his maiden Rolex Series title at last week’s Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, and former World Number One Justin Rose were among those players a shot further back on four under.