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Hatton cruises to maiden European Tour title at Dunhill

October 10 2016

Tyrrell Hatton made his childhood dream a reality as he cruised to his maiden European Tour title in record-equalling style at the Home of Golf.

The 24-year-old from High Wycombe fell one shot short of smashing David Howell’s record aggregate to clinch the career-changing £612,548 winner’s cheque with a 23-under total of 265.

Hatton’s final round 66 meant, added to Saturday’s Old Course record-equalling 62, he was 16-under across the world’s most famous Links for the weekend, as good as anyone has managed in the Dunhill Links format.

“It’s a great thrill to get my first win but especially to do it at the Home of Golf and in such a great tournament,” he said. “Everything’s been perfect for me this week, we’ve been staying in a little cottage and I’ve felt so relaxed.

“The money is a huge thing but the bottom line for all of us out here is to try to win tournaments, I’ve dreamt about this moment since I was six-years-old.”

South Africa’s Richard Sterne came through with a final round 66 to claim a share of second with Ross Fisher, but a distant four shots in arrears of the winner. Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren was fourth while Scotland’s Marc Warren finished alone in fifth, giving him a huge boost in the Race to Dubai rankings.

It was a tough task for Hatton to come back and repeat Saturday’s flawless 62, but any nerves he might have felt were dispelled with three successive birdies from the third that had him six shots clear at one point.

“I was definitely nervous this morning, I’d had some experience of being in the final group before but never leading in the final round, so it was pretty new to me,” he admitted. “But once I got settled in it was fine.”

Hatton and his partner in the pro-am event, Irish actor Jamie Dornan, finished in a share of fourth place in the team event with the win going to Masters champion Danny Willett and his caddie Jonathan Smart, with a total of -38, despite Willett failing to make the cut in the individual strokeplay element.
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