Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Arts&Culture | By Spencer Underwood

EURO TOUR: Tyrrell Hatton wins second straight Alfred Dunhill Links title

EURO TOUR: Tyrrell Hatton wins second straight Alfred Dunhill Links title

Hatton became the first man to retain the Dunhill title - and only the second to win it twice - as he coasted to a final round 66 for a three shot margin of victory on 24-under aggregate of 264 - beating his own record from his victory a year ago by a shot.

Hatton came in to the final day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with a healthy five shot lead but experienced an early hiccup when he put his approach on the opening hole in to the Swilcan Burn.

Ross Fisher was his closest challenger as he fired 11 birdies on his way to a course record 61, although he will no doubt be disappointed that he failed to post the European Tour's first ever sub-60 round.

The Englishman equalled the course record at the home of golf previous year 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.

Tommy Fleetwood broke the course record at Carnoustie by shooting 9-under 63 to tie for the lead with defending champion Tyrrell Hatton after two rounds of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Friday. "It's now a slower game and more expensive than before, and that can't be a good thing".

It's safe to say Sunday offered the former for Tyrrell Hatton. "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".

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"I feel like I can still salvage something from the rest of the year".

He seems to have come out of the wilderness and that's good news for golf as he's a great character and a very flamboyant player.

'I'm definitely a better player I feel than the player that won some of those tournaments and some of those majors, ' McIlroy said.

The French duo of Victor Dubuisson and Grégory Bourdy finished in third and fourth respectively with final scores of 17-under-par and 14-under-par respectively.

McIlroy will now take three months off before returning to competition in mid-January.

The Broome Manor pro had already collected four bogeys before reaching the 16th hole, but the Swindon Star went downhill further with a pair of double bogeys on the par five 16th and par four 17th. I was just trying to get whatever points I could - and I played right to that level where you could just barely miss. He could win it by even more this time around.

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