Tyrrell Hatton could make European Tour historical past over the Previous Course at St Andrews by turning into the primary participant to efficiently defend the $5 million Alfred Dunhill Hyperlinks Championship.
If he can management his mood.
The 25-yr-previous takes a 5-shot lead into the ultimate spherical as he tries to earn his second European Tour win the place he earned his first. Hatton added a second consecutive sixty five, this time over Kingsbarns, to leap to 18 underneath par.
Gregory Bourdy is Hatton’s nearest rival. The Frenchman is on thirteen beneath after returning a sixty six at Carnoustie. Former UAB participant Paul Dunne sits in solo third place on eleven underneath, with Luke Donald and Ross Fisher an extra shot behind.
Hatton returned seven birdies and didn’t drop any photographs over Kingsbarns to surge to the highest of the leaderboard.
The Englishman’s largest problem over the ultimate 18 holes across the Previous Course is himself. He was in rivalry in final week’s British Masters going into the final spherical. He was one shot off the tempo however ended up ending eighth after getting in his personal method.
Hatton endured a number of criticism for the best way he behaved within the British Masters ultimate spherical, with former European Tour professional Gary Evans telling him to “develop up.
“You’re an amazing expertise with potential however it’s essential develop up mate,” Evans tweeted. “Your on-course whinging and physique language is a shame.”
Even in newbie golf Hatton struggled to regulate his mood, a side of his character that in all probability stored him off a number of England groups. He’s tried arduous to regulate his ardour within the professional recreation, however admits it’s a part of his make-up.
“That’s who I’m,” Hatton stated earlier this week when requested about his anger administration issues.
“I’m a passionate individual and I attempt my greatest to win a event,” he added. “Sometimes that spills over, and I’m human. I’m going to make errors now and again. No one’s good and everybody goes about their methods in another way.”
Hopefully he goes about his methods in another way this week than final. A 5 shot-lead ought to assist.
Tommy Fleetwood’s dream of profitable his first event following the start of his son final week took a extreme knock at Kingsbarns. The European primary started the ultimate day tied with Hatton for the lead after a course document sixty three at Carnoustie. He was thirteen photographs worse at Kingsbarns with a seventy six to slip again to joint 19th place.
Rory McIlroy’s hope of ending the season with a win is simply that. He’s 14 photographs off the lead on 4 underneath par in his final event of the season.