Hatton defends his Dunhill title at the Old Course

Posted October 11, 2017

Tyrrell Hatton retained his title at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Sunday after a final round at St. Andrews in which Ross Fisher shot a course-record 61 at the home of golf.

Hatton entered the day with a five-shot lead and eventually defeated fellow Englishman Fisher by three shots as he reached 24 under par.

The Englishman equalled the course record at the home of golf a year ago on his way to a four-shot victory and a first European Tour title, and a bogey-free 65 put him in a commanding position to defend his crown.

Hatton will take all the headlines for achieving this memorable brace at St. Andrews, the home of golf.

"I felt like I saw the lines on the greens, had a really good score and knew I was playing for second because Tyrrell was nearly too far in front". Seven birdies and no bogeys sent Fisher out in 29 to best Hatton by two and pushed him into second place. "You can't just figure out your shot a minute before you play it while somebody else is hitting because it changes by the time that comes up", Steele said about the windy conditions.

"I feel like I can still salvage something from the rest of the year". I just saw the lines and was hitting good putts and they were going in and I didn't want it to end. "I managed to give him a little bit to think about coming down the stretch".

The problem, unfortunately, is that nothing can probably be done now to protect her, especially on days like Sunday, because, as Player pointed out, it's the ball and equipment that are behind the sort of low scoring we saw last week more than anything else. Not much happening, good or bad. Irish amateur Keiran McManus created a new record with his third victory.

Stone did three-putt both 17 (for par) and 18 (for birdie) from off the green, albeit a good 60-feet in both instances, but he feels his game is peaking just at the right time ahead of Italy this week and then, following a week off, China, Turkey, the Nedbank Golf Challenge and Dubai as the 2017 European Tour draws to a close.

Donaldson, who pocketed a cheque for 50,000 USA dollars, had nine birdies and an 18th hole eagle on his card for a 72 hole score of 40-under-par, winning by three from Robert Rock and Westlife singer Brian McFadden, Victor Dubuisson and Shantanu Narayen, who had a hole-in-one in round three, and Yikeun Chang and Erwee Botha.

A score of 59 appeared within his grasp after he posted 11 birdies in 15 holes, but he fell short after parring the last three.

For Hatton, a tap-in par at the last was more than enough to get back in to the winner's circle.