Tyrrell Hatton completes Alfred Dunhill Links Championship victory
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 08/10/17 8:00pm
Tyrrell Hatton successfully defended his Alfred Dunhill Links Championship title with a record-breaking victory at St Andrews.
Hatton carded a six-under 66 to end the week on 24 under - breaking the tournament's lowest 72-hole total - to finish three strokes clear of nearest challenger Ross Fisher and become the first player to achieve back-to-back victories in the event.
Fisher threatened to post the European Tour's first ever sub-60 round but could only par the last close with a course record of 61, with Victor Dubuisson a further four strokes back in third spot following a birdie-filled 63.
Marc Warren and Robert Rock shared fourth spot on 14 under alongside Gregory Bourdy, while world No 6 Rory McIlroy carded a level-par 72 in his final scheduled appearance of the year.
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.
The Englishman birdied his next four holes and drove the ninth green on his way to a two-putt gain, with Hatton picking up another shot at the 14th and closing his winning round with a run of pars.
Fisher reached the turn in 29 after seven birdies in an eight-hole stretch, before surging up the leaderboard with a run of four consecutive gains from the 11th.
Pars over the next two holes left Fisher needing a closing eagle on the driveable par-four 18th to post a historic 59, only for his tee shot to finish just short of the green on his way to a regulation four.
Seven birdies in eight holes helped Dubuisson to his lowest finish of the season, with Warren and Rock posting matching 66s and last week's British Masters champion Paul Dunne ending the week in a share of seventh.
English trio Oliver Fisher, Eddie Pepperell and Luke Donald joined Dunne and Alexander Levy on 13 under, while McIlroy mixed two birdies with two bogeys to end the week in a share of 63rd spot.