Hat­ton Re­alises 'Dream' With Dun­hill Win

Seal­ing his maiden Euro­pean Tour win by fir­ing seven birdies to claim a four-shot vic­tory


Eng­land’s Tyrrell Hat­ton cel­e­brated a maiden Euro­pean Tour vic­tory and the like­li­hood of a first US Masters ap­pear­ance next year with a com­fort­able four-stroke win in the Al­fred Dun­hill Links Cham­pi­onship at St An­drews. Hat­ton, who just turned 25, posted a fi­nal round 66 for a tour­na­ment record-equalling low of 23-un­der par and in relatively calm con­di­tions on the famed Old Course.

It was Hat­ton’s 83rd Euro­pean Tour event and he be­came the 15th dif­fer­ent win­ner in the 16-year his­tory of the Scot­tish tour­na­ment. How­ever, in re­ceiv­ing the 711,073 Euros first-prize cheque, Hat­ton spoke of dream­ing of his first pro ca­reer tri­umph since be­ing taken by his fa­ther, Jeff, to the 1997 BMW PGA Cham­pi­onship at Went­worth in Sur­rey, southwest of London, and a 30-minute drive from the fam­ily home at Mar­low.

"Ever since I was a six-year-old, when my dad took me to Went­worth, I’ve dreamt of this day,” he said. "My dad has also been my coach since I was 11 years of age, so I have to say a big thank you to him as he’s helped me so much, and he’s got an in­door golf stu­dio back home in Mar­low. With­out his in­put it would have been im­pos­si­ble for me to be stand­ing here now with this tro­phy.”

Hat­ton kick-started his sea­son by fin­ish­ing run­ner-up in July’s Scot­tish Open be­fore then shar­ing fifth place a week later in his first ap­pear­ance in the Bri­tish Open. "My sec­ond-place re­sult in the Scot­tish Open was an im­por­tant week, as it not only got me into my first Open a week later but also two weeks later into the PGA Cham­pi­onship," he said. "That re­sult just kick-started my good run of events. Also I was 53rd in the world com­ing into this week and I’ve been told, should I move to No. 35, and if I can stay in­side the top-50 by the end of the year, that then means play­ing in my first Masters next April. So I'm very ex­cited at that prospect as it would fan­tas­tic but more im­por­tantly I want to im­prove my rank­ing in what events I have left this sea­son."

South Africa’s Richard Sterne (66) and Eng­land’s Ross Fisher (67) shared sec­ond place on 19-un­der par, while dou­ble Ma­jor­win­ner Martin Kaymer, the 2010 Dun­hill cham­pion, could only man­age a 69 to fin­ish sixth at 15-un­der par.

There was some joy for reign­ing US Masters cham­pion, Danny Wil­lett af­ter an in­dif­fer­ent fort­night ei­ther side of the At­lantic for the Englishman. Wil­lett, who had badly missed the cut over the open­ing three rounds, teamed with his reg­u­lar caddy and ama­teur part­ner, Jonathan Smart, to post a com­bined 12-un­der par 60 over the last day and win the pro/ ama­teur prize by a shot at 30-un­der par. Smart had cad­died when Wil­lett won at Au­gusta and to cel­e­brate Wil­lett’s win had worn his 'Au­gusta Na­tional' white boiler suit to greet work­ers at his par­ents' se­cu­rity busi­ness in York­shire.

"I have to thank John as he car­ried me all week," said Wil­lett, a mem­ber of the Europe team that lost away to the United States in the Ry­der Cup. Wil­lett, in the ab­sence of near­est ri­vals Hen­rik Sten­son and Rory Mcil­roy, re­mained top of the Race to Dubai money list, while Hat­ton has moved up from ninth to fourth place.

Tyrrell Hat­ton of Eng­land holds the tro­phy on the Swilken Bridge on the 18th hole af­ter win­ning the Al­fred Dun­hill Links Cham­pi­onship at The Old Course

Alex Noren of Swe­den drives off the 12th tee dur­ing the first round

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