On a Sunday where most players would play conservative and trust in a 3-stroke lead, England’s Tyrrell Hatton fired a closing-round 66 to extend his winning margin at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship to four strokes.
Hatton finished 23-under, easily outpacing countryman Ross Fisher and South Africa’s Richard Sterne (19-under) for the victory. It’s his first European Tour victory, coming in his 83rd start and moves him above the 2-million point barrier in the Race to Dubai standings. He had previously finished second at the Scottish Open this year and tied for second at the Joburg Open in 2014. He’s the 13th first-time winner on Tour this year.
He’s the sixth Englishman to win Dunhill and his 23-under equals the lowest winning total in the history of the tournament.
The victory propels him to fourth in the Race to Dubai Rankings with 2.100 million points. He trails only Danny Willett (3.543 million), Henrik Stenson (3.130 million), and Rory McIlroy (2.487 million) with a few weeks to go before the start of the Final Series.
The top 60 players in the final Race to Dubai standings move on to the Final Series, which offers huge payouts. McIlroy has a legitimate shot to join Stenson as the only players to win the Race to Dubai and the PGA’s FedExCup title in the same year. Stenson did so in 2014.
England’s David Horsey is currently the man on the hot seat as far as points go, sitting No. 60 with 437,809. He’s about 13,700 points ahead of Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti for that final spot with just three events to go: The British Masters, the Portugal Masters, and the WGC-HSBC Champions.