A new face lights up the Old Course
Hatton wins first European Tour title with scintillating display at St Andrews
Tyrrell Hatton showed maturity beyond his years as he produced a sublime 6-under fourth round to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Following on from his record-equalling 10-under 62 at the St Andrew’s Old Course, Hatton showed no signs of nerves as he finished four shots clear of Richard Sterne and five ahead of Ross Fisher.
By finishing on 23-under, Hatton produced the lowest winning score on the European Tour this season and also claimed his maiden title.
“It feels amazing. I’ve wanted this moment since I was six-years-old,” said Hatton.
“I was pretty nervous all day. I started to feel more comfortable around 14 and 15 and I was just so happy I got over the line.
“I had a new putter in the bag this week and it worked really well.
“I’m looking forward to the British Masters next week and then hopefully I can have a good end to the year as well.”
The 24-year-old headed into the final round with a three-shot lead and soon extended his advantage, rolling in his birdie putt from six feet at the third before draining a 25-foot putt at the next to pick up another shot.
There were further birdies at the fifth, the ninth, 12th, 14th and 15th, with his only blemish coming at the 17th after getting into bunker trouble.
However, he coolly made par on the last to seal victory and secure an impressive win.
The world No. 53 earned $761,000 for the victory and will move up into the top five in the Race to Dubai rankings.
Meanwhile, Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren finished in fourth on 17-under and Scotland’s Marc Warren was in fifth one shot further back.
There was also a victory for Danny Willett in the team event as he triumphed alongside caddie Jonathan Smart.
Smart sunk a birdie putt on the last to secure the victory and add another special moment after Willett won his first major in impressive fashion at the Masters.