Hatton holds off record-breaking Fisher to win Dunhill Links

Camille Rivera
October 11, 2017

Tyrrell Hatton has retained his title at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after a final round at St Andrews in which Ross Fisher shot a course-record 61 at the home of golf.

Taking a five-shot lead into the final round, Hatton recovered from finding the Swilcan Burn with his approach into the first to chip in and save par.

And compatriot Ross Fisher didn't do badly either, also establishing a record, a mind-blowing 11-under-par 61 during the final round - the lowest 18-hole return in, give or take 600 years of golf at "The Old Course", to take second place on 267.

'We've just had good fun, that is what this tournament is about'.

His fifth birdie on the ninth hole saw him make the turn in 31, and as Fisher and Victor Dubuisson both looked to be chasing down attempts at a 59 and closing down his lead, Hatton held his composure and picked up one more birdie on the 14th to extend his lead. At the same time, though, we surely don't want to see great courses being constantly overpowered and that, I'm afraid, is exactly what is happening on the Old Course in particular these days. "We've just had good fun, I think that is what this tournament is about".

"Fact is, more golf courses have closed in the USA in each of the last 10 years than have opened", said the 18-time major victor.

"Fair play to Fish, it was an incredible round of golf and he certainly did push me all the way".

"I didn't see a leaderboard until the 16 green and saw he was at -21, and I had a 15 minute wait on 17 which made the tee shot a little harder than I wanted to be", he admitted.

Fisher said: "I felt like there was a good one in me today because there wasn't much breeze".

Fisher poured in four more birdies on the back nine to pull within three with three holes to go and enter 59 watch.

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

Donaldson, who pocketed a cheque for 50,000 United States dollars, had nine birdies and an 18th hole eagle on his card for a 72 hole score of 40-under-par, winning by three from Robert Rock and Westlife singer Brian McFadden, Victor Dubuisson and Shantanu Narayen, who had a hole-in-one in round three, and Yikeun Chang and Erwee Botha. I was just trying to get whatever points I could - and I played right to that level where you could just barely miss.

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