A 15-foot birdie on No. 18 gave Tyrrell Hatton the victory at the Italian Open on Sunday, eliminating the need for a three-way playoff.
Hatton fired a mistake-free 65 on Sunday, making five birdies on the back nine, none bigger than the final shot as he won for a second straight week on the European Tour.
“It’s amazing to win one but to win back-to-back and defend in two weeks is unbelievable,” Hatton, who celebrated his 26th birthday on Saturday, said. “I knew I needed a low score today, and the front nine was pretty slow and I didn’t really get any momentum. I was fighting myself, trying to stay patient and J.B, my caddie, was saying ‘good things will come’.Although I found it hard to believe, I tried to stay patient. In the end, I guess I got my reward. The end goal is to get as high as possible up the world rankings. Obviously the last two weeks have helped a lot.”
After shooting a course record 61 last week at Carnoustie, Ross Fisher fired an 8-under 63 on Sunday iN Italy to finished tied for second. He also did not record a bogey, taking the front nine at 5-under.
Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat looked like he would run away and hide with the lead, shooting 4 straight birdies to open his round. He was 7-under through 14 before a double-bogey on No. 16 cost him two strokes and a shot in a playoff.
Matt Wallace, who had held at least a share of the lead all three rounds, finished fourth at 19-under after shooting a 69 on Sunday. Fan favorite Francesco Molinari also shot a 69 on Sunday to finish at 18-under, tied for sixth.
Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez, age 53, shot a 6-under 65 on Sunday to reach 16-under, tying him for 10th.