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Sicky Hatton



And the Englishman is still feeling drained ahead of the start of The Players Championsh­ip today.

The Ryder Cup star enjoyed his victory party after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitation­al and a cheque for $ 1.67million on Sunday.

“I am still quite tired,” he said. “There was a lot of red wine. Unfortunat­ely I think the finisher was drinking vodka and tequilla out of the bottle which never ends well.

“I was cuddling the toilet by five in the morning so it was a good night.”

Hatton, below, has gone north from Bay Hill in Orlando to Jacksonvil­le and has been inundated with congratula­tions from his fellow pros.

But the 28- year- old is not sure if Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington has tried to get in touch.

“I’ve still got 100 WhatsApp messages unopened,” he said.

“I’d to be like in the

Ryder Cup team in September. I’ve had a good start to the points race and hopefully I can keep pushing on this year and make the team.”

Even without a hangover, he has missed the cut at TPC Sawgrass in Florida for the last two years.

“This has not normally been a good tournament for me,” Hatton said.

“Last year it was typical me where I was one shot outside the cut line with five holes to go and I had a blow- up, snapped my three- wood and basically started hitting shots on the run.

“We missed the cut by five or something. It goes back to me being able to control myself. That is normally the first step to me having a good week.”

Justin Rose arrives at Sawgrass looking for form after missing three out of four cuts on the PGA Tour.

“I have always known I am one round away,” said Rose. “On the surface, confidence isn’t there but the deep belief is there.

“I am certainly hungry. Sometimes when you don’t play well for a period of time it kicks you into gear.

“I’m working hard. Sometimes there is a bit of delayed gratificat­ion with that.

“Maybe it is not one of those years when I am consistent­ly brilliant but I feel like the high- water marks can still be amazing.”

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