Oct 15th, 2017
Tyrrell Hatton bags back-to-back victories
As he adds the Italian Open to the Dunhill Cup
Tyrrell Hatton is in the form of his life, as he claims back–to–back victories by adding the Italian Open to his successful defence of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Hatton shot a final round of 65 to secure a one shot victory over fellow Englishman Ross Fisher and Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
But he needed to pull out all the stops, as he needed a 15-footer putt for birdie on the 18th to secure his victory.
He had a quiet front nine, with eight pars, and a solitary birdie on the par four 6th, to make the turn in 35.
He had pars again on the 10th and 11th, but then he put his foot down, reeling off four birdies in a row from the 12th through to the 15th. And he saved the best for last with his crucial birdie on the 18th to come in for 30, and edge out Fisher and Aphibarnrat.
Here's how he finished his dinner:
Hatton told www.europeantour.com: “It’s amazing to win one, but to win back-to-back and defend in two weeks is unbelievable. I knew I needed a low score today, and the front nine was pretty slow and I didn’t really get any momentum.
“I was fighting myself, trying to stay patient and JB, my caddie, was saying, ‘Good things will come’. Although I found it hard to believe, I tried to stay patient. In the end, I guess I got my reward.
“The end goal is to get as high as possible up the world rankings. Obviously the last two weeks have helped a lot.”
Ross Fisher shot an eight under 63 to finish T2 with Aphibarnrat, and he too is in incredible form after his course record at St Andrews, when he shot a 61 last Sunday.
Hatton was pushed all the way by compatriot Fisher, who shot an eight-under-par 63, and Thailand’s Aphibarnrat as they finished joint-second on 20 under par.
Fisher made the turn in 31, and then had birdies on the 10th, 12th and 14th. But that was his lot, as he could not find another birdie on his final four holes.
Overnight leader Matt Wallace, who had a two shot lead going into the final round, could not cash in, and carded a 69, which included three birdies and a costly bogey on the par 5 14th.
One person who must be loving the form of Hatton and Fisher is Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjorn. The Ryder Cup is now less than a year away – it kicks off at Le National on the 25th September.
This is what he Tweeted after Hatton’s performance.