Defending champ Hatton makes his charge at #DunhillLinks

Tomas Mccoy
October 11, 2017

England's Tyrrell Hatton became the first player to successfully defend the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship as he shot a final-round 66 at St Andrews to retain the title on Sunday (Monday in Manila).

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.

Runner-up Fisher also wrote his name in to the history books on the final day at St. Andrews as he broke the Old Course record with a blistering round of 11 under par 61.

Four-time European Tour victor Gregory Bourdy posted four consecutive birdies on his back nine at Carnoustie to sit second, with British Masters victor Paul Dunne two shots behind him in third.

Stone has already won twice on the European Tour, in the 2016 BMW South African Open at Glendower, and the 2017 Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek. "It's now a slower game and more expensive than before, and that can't be a good thing".

Last week he was also looking in contention for the British Masters title at Close House near Newcastle, but let slip a three shot lead at the halfway stage to finish tied for eighth place.

"It's an unbelievable feeling", said Hatton.

"I'm gutted I missed that one on the last but it's just one of those days as I felt like I was playing alright but I'm not going to complain too much with a 61", Fisher told BBC. Playing with Jamie we have good fun out there and it sort of keeps me relaxed which is what I need to do. It felt like it was a lot harder today than it was a year ago. "So I stayed focused and I stayed patient, a very good week".

Golfweek's Geoff Shackelford addressed Player's comments on Golf Channel's Morning Drive on Monday morning, and said he thinks that we could see equipment being regulated by governing bodies at some point.

"When you get St. Andrews on a day like this, it's definitely scoreable, but you still have to hit the shots", he said. But to go out and shoot a score like that, with no bogeys... "I didn't hit a lot of quality shots off the tee coming in like I needed to".

After winning this tournament 12 months ago, Steele maintained his position in the FedExCup standings for the entire season but failed to make the 30-man field at the Tour Championship.

"I'm a much better player now than I was in 2010 and 2012 when I was able to win a couple of majors", he said.

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