‘Fiery’ Hat­ton to keep calm and carry on for Eng­land

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Rep­re­sent­ing Eng­land at a team event is sure to in­flame the pas­sions of Tyrrell Hat­ton but the 27-year-old fire­brand is con­fi­dent he can keep his tem­per in check at the World Cup of Golf with the help of Ian Poul­ter.

Nearly two months af­ter help­ing Europe thrash the United States in the Ry­der Cup, Hat­ton and Poul­ter have teamed up again in Mel­bourne and are a strong chance to claim Eng­land’s first World Cup since Paul Casey and Luke Don­ald in Spain in 2004.

While Poul­ter can be a fiery com­peti­tor, world num­ber 25 Hat­ton is on an­other level with his on-course histri­on­ics gen­er­at­ing a mix of de­light and con­ster­na­tion from golf fans and pun­dits.

But the man who once dubbed him­self “Head­case Hat­ton” was con­fi­dent his good re­la­tion­ship with Poul­ter would help him keep a lid on his emo­tions.

“Yeah, I told Ian to make sure he brings his earplugs this week,” Hat­ton joked at a pre-tour­na­ment me­dia con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day.

“Ob­vi­ously I am fiery and I al­ways give it my best. I think in a team sit­u­a­tion you’re al­ways try­ing maybe a lit­tle bit harder to make sure you hit bet­ter shots.

“I find that this for­mat will be a lit­tle bit more re­lax­ing than play­ing just your own ball,” the three-times Euro­pean Tour win­ner added.

“Ob­vi­ously hav­ing Ian there, we get on well, so we’ll be able to kind of have a chat in be­tween shots de­pend­ing - well, de­pends on how bad the shot I’ve just hit is.

“But no, it will be fine, team events are no prob­lem and I can keep my head on if I need to.”

As the high­est ranked English­man to com­mit to the tour­na­ment, Hat­ton said it was a “no-brainer” to pick as his part­ner 42-year-old Poul­ter, who loves team events and has form on the golf cour­ses of Mel­bourne’s famed Sand­belt.

Poul­ter won the now de­funct Aus­tralian Masters at the nearby Vic­to­ria Golf Club in 2011 and has com­peted at the World Cup of Golf on five pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions with­out quite be­ing able to add Eng­land’s two ti­tles.

Tyrrell Hat­ton of Eng­land

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