A new face lights up the Old Course

Hat­ton wins first Euro­pean Tour ti­tle with scin­til­lat­ing dis­play at St An­drews

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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.

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