Tuesday, 16 January 2018
Tyrrell Hatton  (Getty Images)
Tyrrell Hatton (Getty Images)

Tyrrell Hatton became the first man to successfully defend the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship as he held off the charge of Ross Fisher, who broke the Old Course record on a historic Sunday at St Andrews.

Hatton entered the day with a five-shot lead and extended his bogey-free run to 55 holes as he got to 24 under and finished three shots ahead of fellow Englishman Fisher.

Fisher made 11 birdies in a stunning 61 that is the lowest of over 13,300 professional rounds at the Old Course as both men entered the history books on an unforgettable afternoon.

The 2010 Ryder Cup man's 11 under par effort was the second time an Open Championship venue saw its course record broken during the week after Tommy Fleetwood fired a 63 at Carnoustie on the Friday.

It is Hatton who took home the trophy, though, after rounds of 68-65-65-66 gave him his second European Tour title and he became just the fourth man after Curtis Strange, Trevor Immelman and Thongchai Jaidee to successfully defend a trophy for his first two wins.

"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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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
T2HATTON, TyrrellENG18-14
T5LI, HaotongCHN18-10
T5PAVAN, AndreaITA18-10

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