England’s Tyrrell Hatton determined to end 2016 on a high


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England’s Tyrrell Hatton is hopeful he can end the campaign on a high after securing his maiden European Tour title with a win at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Sunday.

Hatton, 81.00 to win The Open Championship in 2017, was in fine form all weekend and eventually finished four strokes clear of Richard Sterne and Ross Fisher in second.

The 24-year-old hit a course-record equalling 62 to give himself a huge chance of victory on Saturday and he had a three-shot lead going into the final day.

He started with a hat-trick of birdies and eventually signed for a final round of 66 to reach 23-under par and and equal the tournament record held by David Howell and Peter Uihlein.

Throughout his round Hatton looked calm but he admits the nerves kicked in before he started his final round. After claiming his first win, he admits that a strong end to the season is now on the agenda.

He told Sky Sports: “It didn’t feel that way inside. I was pretty nervous all day. I started to feel a little bit more comfortable down 14, 15 and was just so happy I got over the line.

“I had a new putter in the bag this week and it worked really well. I’m just so happy. It’s the British Masters next week and I’m looking forward to that.

“We’ll have a good evening tonight and hopefully I can have a good end to the year as well.”

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