Tyrrell Hatton seals maiden Tour title

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• Tyrrell Hatton clinches maiden European Tour title
• The Englishman has been in fine mid to late season form
• Equalled the Old Course record with a 62 on Saturday


You know the saying, patience is a virtue? Well, that was certainly the case for Tyrrell Hatton as he sealed his maiden European Tour title at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

The 24-year-old Englishman, who has been in fantastic form in the second half of the season - narrowly missing out in the Scottish Open before a top five at The Open and top ten at the US PGA Championship - romped to victory on the Old Course, posting a six-under-par 66 to finish on 23-under-par and four shots clear of Ross Fisher and Richard Sterne.
"I've wanted this moment since I was a six-year-old" - Tyrrell Hatton

"It feels amazing," said Tyrrell Hatton, who matched the Old Course record on Saturday with a ten-under-par 62. "I've wanted this moment since I was a six-year-old walking around Wentworth. It's incredible."I was pretty nervous all day. I started to feel a little bit more comfortable, sort of down 14, 15, but I'm just so happy I got over the line."

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Alfred Dunhill Links Championship - Day Four

Hatton dropped his only shot of his final round at the 17th after getting into bunker trouble, but he coolly sunk his par putt at the last to seal victory.

And he revealed that he had a new putter in his bag to thank for his success in Scotland after admitting that he didn't feel too comfortable with his ball-striking at some points during the week.
"My putting this week really helped me out" - Tyrrell Hatton

"I had a new putter in the bag this week and it worked really well," added Tyrrell Hatton. "It's weird, you know, I felt a little bit uncomfortable over the ball at times but my putting this week really helped me out and that's been key to lifting the trophy this week."

As a result, Hatton has moved up 20 places in the world from No.53 to No.33 and is the fifth highest ranked Englishman in the world behind Danny Willett, Justin Rose, Paul Casey and Chris Wood. He is also up to fourth in the Race to Dubai behind Danny Willett, Henrik Stenson and Rory McIlroy.

Tyrrell Hatton :: What next for the Englishman?

Now he has his maiden European Tour title and is ranked No.33 in the world, what next for Tyrrell Hatton? A Ryder Cup place in 2018, perhaps? Let us know in the 'Comments' section below.

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