Tyrrell Hatton Defends Dunhill Crown

Tyrrell Hatton withstood the historic charge of Ross Fisher to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship for a second straight year, the first time a player has won the tournament in back-to-back seasons.

Hatton ended the tournament with 55 straight holes without a bogey to finish 24 under. He needed it all as Fisher broke the record at the Old Course with an 11-under 61.

Hatton became just the fourth player to win his first two titles by winning the same tournament twice.

He’s also the second player, joining Padraig Harrington, to win the Dunhill twice in his career.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” he said. “It felt so much harder than last year, maybe that’s just a bit more pressure on myself but I’m so happy that I managed to defend it and what a great week again.

“I think the format is helping me, playing with Jamie (Dornan) we have good fun out there and it sort of keeps me relaxed which is what I need to do. We’ve just had good fun, I think that is what this tournament is about.

“I didn’t see a leaderboard until the 16th green and I saw he was on 21 and that certainly made the 17th tee-shot seem a bit harder.

“What a great round of golf from Fish, it’s amazing. He pushed me all the way and I was very happy to get over the line.”

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