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The Al­fred Dun­hill Links Cham­pi­onship USA Clinch 10th Pres­i­dents Cup Win Marc Leish­man Dom­i­nates

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Tyrrell Hat­ton made his­tory with his sec­ond straight Al­fred Dun­hill Links Cham­pi­onship vic­tory, some­thing never achieved be­fore, but had to share some of the glory with Ross Fisher, who broke the Old Course record with a breath tak­ing 11-un­der-par 61.

Hat­ton had gone into the fi­nal round with a five-shot lead and played a fault­less six-un­der­par 66 to win by three strokes from Fisher. His win­ning score of 24-un­der-par is the low­est ever in the Al­fred Dun­hill Links. So solid has his game been that he did not have a bogey over the last three rounds. He said, “This was the first time I had ever de­fended a ti­tle or had the chal­lenge of try­ing to do it. It felt like it was a lot harder to­day than it was last year. I'm so happy that I man­aged to get over the line.

“I didn't see a leader­board on the back nine un­til the 16th green, when I saw Fish was at 21-un­der and I was think­ing how well he was go­ing to­day. It was an in­cred­i­ble round of golf, and he cer­tainly did push me all the way.” Hat­ton, who wins US$800,000 said, “I've got a new cad­die on the bag at the mo­ment, my good friend, Jonathan. He's done a great job since we started work­ing to­gether. I think hav­ing a friend on the bag is keep­ing me re­laxed.”

Hat­ton had said be­fore he teed off that to win at the Home of Golf once was in­cred­i­ble, but to do it twice would be ‘a dream come true’. Now the dream has be­come re­al­ity and moves him on to the next stage of his promis­ing ca­reer. His am­a­teur part­ner in the Team Cham­pi­onship, ac­tor Jamie Dor­nan, said: “It was amaz­ing to be in the last group again. Tyrrell has played phe­nom­e­nal golf this week to get so far in front, and he’s just fear­less on the course.

“His com­po­sure is a big fac­tor. As much as he can get down on him­self he must also have some in­ner calm­ness to keep play­ing as well as this. We cer­tainly make each other laugh at times, which keeps things re­laxed.”

One pair­ing ahead of him, Ross Fisher was pro­duc­ing one of the great­est rounds ever seen on the Old Course. For a few mo­ments it looked as if he might even have a chance for the first ever 59 on the Euro­pean Tour, but pars at the 16th and 17th ended that pos­si­bil­ity. It could eas­ily have been a 60, but he missed a four-foot birdie putt on the 18th.

Fisher said: “I felt like there was a good one in me to­day be­cause there wasn't much breeze. But you still have to hit the shots. It was a shame not to birdie the last, but I'm not go­ing to com­plain too much with a 61.

“Un­for­tu­nately Tyrrell was too far ahead, but I man­aged to give him a lit­tle bit to think about com­ing down the stretch. But hats off to him. To win your first tour­na­ment here at the Home of Golf is fan­tas­tic, but to back it up and suc­cess­fully de­fend around th­ese three cour­ses is pretty unique and very, very spe­cial.”

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