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Tyrrell Hatton Junior Masters

Tyrrell Hatton Junior Masters

Tuesday 21st March 2017

On Saturday 2nd September 2017, Tyrrell Hatton will be hosting The Tyrrell Hatton Junior Masters at his home town club, Harleyford Golf Club in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.

The competition format will be 18 holes stroke play and it will be limited to a field of 72 players with no entry fee. There are 3 age categories and subsequent handicap restrictions for all entrants:

Over 16 – Category 1 (4.4 and lower)
14 to 16 – Category 2 (9.4 and lower)
Under 14 – Category 3 (15.4 and lower)

For each age category there will be a prize awarded for 1st and 2nd Gross along with a nearest the pin and longest drive. If you are interested in participating, please click here to download the entry form and send to Sam Connell, Manager of Golf Operations, Harleyford Golf Club, Harleyford Estate, Henley Road, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 2SP.

For more information, please contact Sam Connell on 01628 816162 or via email at proshop@harleyfordgolf.co.uk.

You can download the entry form here

Tyrrell Hatton refuses to get ‘too downbeat’ after narrowly missing out on DP World Tour Championship

Monday 21st November 2016

When a beaming Matthew Fitzpatrick made his way through a receiving line of family, caddies, playing partners, agents, and some of the world’s best golfers after winning at the Earth Course, his smile was matched by that of his vanquished rival.

Tyrrell Hatton was denied the DP World Tour Championship in agonising fashion on the final afternoon.

Playing in the second to last group, and one ahead of Fitzpatrick, Hatton had held a one-shot lead going up the last.

Then he dunked his tee-shot into the creek in the centre of the 18th fairway, saw his putt to save par graze the hole, and so opened the door.

Fitzpatrick seized the chance with an assuredness that belies his youth, as he made a nerveless birdie, to reach 17-under par, to win the tournament by a stroke.

"It is a bitter pill to swallow, but it’s been a great week, and for me it’s been the best year of my life," Hatton said.

"I can’t get too downbeat. These things happen. It is what it is and I’m happy with how the week went. I’m sure hopefully in the future, I’ll take my next chance."

Most of the final day drama was of Hatton’s making. At the par-three 17th, he found a treacherous lie in the greenside bunker. He was only able to advance that slightly forward in the sand, yet stunningly holed his escape for par.

"I just wanted to get it close, make four and walk off," Hatton said. "It went in, and I probably produced the worst fist pump for a shot that’s gone in."

Fitzpatrick was grateful for Hatton’s magnanimity. "Tyrrell is a great lad," the champion said. "He said congratulations. For someone to do that after he has been in contention is very special. He’s a credit to the tour."

Source: The National.ae. Read more here

 

PING have announced the signing of 2016 Alfred Dunhill Links Champion Tyrrell Hatton

PING have announced the signing of 2016 Alfred Dunhill Links Champion Tyrrell Hatton, capping an excellent season for the Englishman.

Monday 21st November 2016

PING have announced the signing of 2016 Alfred Dunhill Links Champion Tyrrell Hatton, capping an excellent season for the Englishman.

The 25-year-old finished runner up at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai and has amassed nine top-10 finishes on the European Tour this year, including a tie for fifth at the Open Championship and a tie for 10th at the US PGA Championship.

As part of a multi-year agreement, Hatton will wear a PING hat, use a PING staff bag and play a minimum of 11 PING clubs, including a PING driver and PING putter.

"I'm delighted to be officially representing the PING brand. I've chosen to play their equipment in the past, and I'm excited to become part of the PING family," he said.

En route to his maiden European Tour title at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in October, Hatton set a course record equaling 10-under round of 62 at the St. Andrews Old Course using a PING Vault Oslo putter for the first time. He also relied on a PING G driver and i irons.

"I won my first European Tour event this year after putting a PING putter in my bag for the first time. With PING clubs, I believe I have the finest tools available to perform at the highest level. Each club is precisely built to my specifications which gives me great confidence on every shot."

Hatton's stellar 2016 season saw him finish 4th on the European Tour's Race to Dubai and rise to 24th in the Official World Golf Rankings, an accomplishment which will see him make his Masters debut next year.

"Tyrrell has had an outstanding year and we're delighted he'll be representing PING going forward," said PING Chairman & CEO John A. Solheim.

Source: Today's Golfer Read more here

Tyrrell Hatton refuses to get ‘too downbeat’ after narrowly missing out on DP World Tour Championship

Monday 21st November 2016

When a beaming Matthew Fitzpatrick made his way through a receiving line of family, caddies, playing partners, agents, and some of the world’s best golfers after winning at the Earth Course, his smile was matched by that of his vanquished rival.

Tyrrell Hatton was denied the DP World Tour Championship in agonising fashion on the final afternoon.

Playing in the second to last group, and one ahead of Fitzpatrick, Hatton had held a one-shot lead going up the last.

Then he dunked his tee-shot into the creek in the centre of the 18th fairway, saw his putt to save par graze the hole, and so opened the door.

Fitzpatrick seized the chance with an assuredness that belies his youth, as he made a nerveless birdie, to reach 17-under par, to win the tournament by a stroke.

"It is a bitter pill to swallow, but it’s been a great week, and for me it’s been the best year of my life," Hatton said.

"I can’t get too downbeat. These things happen. It is what it is and I’m happy with how the week went. I’m sure hopefully in the future, I’ll take my next chance."

Most of the final day drama was of Hatton’s making. At the par-three 17th, he found a treacherous lie in the greenside bunker. He was only able to advance that slightly forward in the sand, yet stunningly holed his escape for par.

"I just wanted to get it close, make four and walk off," Hatton said. "It went in, and I probably produced the worst fist pump for a shot that’s gone in."

Fitzpatrick was grateful for Hatton’s magnanimity. "Tyrrell is a great lad," the champion said. "He said congratulations. For someone to do that after he has been in contention is very special. He’s a credit to the tour."

Source: The National.ae. Read more here

 

Tyrrell Hatton and his team celebrate victory in St Andrews

Hatton secures maiden title at St Andrews

Monday 10th October 2016

Tyrrell Hatton sealed his maiden European Tour title in style on Sunday, firing seven birdies and a solitary bogey to ease to a four-shot victory at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Hatton's playing partner and countryman Ross Fisher and South Africa's Richard Sterne finished in a tie for second on 19 under.

Swede Joakim Lagergren was another two strokes back after Sunday's 68, one shot ahead of Scot Marc Warren on 16 under.

Heading into the final round with a three-shot lead, Hatton got off to a strong start, rolling in his birdie putt from six feet at the third before draining a 25-foot putt at the next to pick up another shot.

The 24 year old's long-range eagle putt at the fifth narrowly missed the hole but he was able to tap in from a few feet for a birdie.

And after making pars at the next three holes, Hatton sunk his 20 foot birdie putt at the ninth to cover the front nine in 32.

Hatton moved to 22 under when he slotted in from seven feet for a birdie at the 12th and he extended his lead further with another gain at the long 14th.

A superb approach at the 15th left Hatton with a six-foot birdie putt and he converted it with ease to get to 24 under.

Hatton dropped his only shot of the day at the 17th after getting into bunker trouble, but he coolly sunk his par putt at the last to seal victory.

He said: "It feels amazing. I've wanted this moment since I was a six year old walking around Wentworth. It's incredible.

"I was pretty nervous all day. I started to feel a little bit more comfortable, sort of down 14, 15, but I'm 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 weird, you know, I felt a little bit uncomfortable over the ball at times but my putting this week really helped me out and that's been key to lifting the trophy this week.

"I had the target of getting inside the top 50 in the world and I think I was 53rd going into this week, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow morning to see where I've moved up to. But hopefully I can have a good end to the year and move up a little bit higher."

Source: European Tour. Read more here

 

Tyrrell terrific at Royal Troon

Monday 18th July 2016

Tyrrell Hatton finished Tied 5th in 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon GC yesterday with Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia. This was by any measure a phenomenal performance considering the company he was keeping. It has moved him up to 9th on The Race to Dubai and 55th in the World.

 

Tyrrell Hatton hopes to take his impressive recent form into The Open at Royal Troon

Monday 11th July 2016

Tyrrell Hatton says he is eager to improve on his previous showings at The Open after his serene qualification for the Royal Troon event.

The Marlow golfer sunk a nerveless birdie on the final hole of the Scottish Open on Sunday to claim second place and a spot at his fifth Open.

Hatton, who is a member of Harleyford Golf Club, believes he has the experience to make the cut in Scotland this year.

“Obviously it is always good to qualify for the open and this will be my fifth one, so hopefully I will be able to do better than I have done in the previous ones,” Hatton explained.

“The big difference is just doing well in events on the European Tour, which has helped me gain experience.

“I haven’t set any targets and I just want to go out, play my best golf and go from there. I would be pretty disappointed if I missed the cut again.”

This approach is in line with a new found composure which Hatton feels helped him claim both a spot at The Open and his first American major – the USPGA in Baltusrol.

“The big thing for me was being patient. I have been in good positions a few times before and have struggled,” Hatton explained.

“I was almost trying to force it a little bit and my caddy is trying to make me stay positive and know that the chances will come.

“I was pretty calm [on the last shot] to be honest. I had done everything I wanted to do and qualified for The Open and USPGA, so it was great to get second place as well.”

Hatton has been grouped with Oskar Arvidsson and Harold Varner III at The Open and tees-off at 4.05pm today.

While Hatton is far from pleased with being among the penultimate starters for the opening round, he accepts certain factors are out of his control.

Hatton said: “I just want to get started and being one of the last to tee off on Thursday or Friday is frustrating.

“It is what is though, and I just have to deal with it. I don’t think the time you start makes a difference as far as pressure is concerned as there is always interest and always crowds at The Open.”

Tee times may present a fairly routine challenge for Hatton, but the Royal Troon course is an altogether more daunting prospect.

The course is widely regarded as one of the toughest on the Open rota, and players are exposed to the elements while they take on some of the game’s most famous holes.

Again Hatton remains unflustered and believes his time playing on various Links courses and in Scotland will stand him in good stead.

Hatton said: “It is not a massive worry for me. I played the Scottish Open last week and have had some time to have practice rounds at Troon.

“I have played on plenty of Links courses in the past so that should help me do well at The Open.”

Source: Bucks Free Press. Read more here

 

Tyrrell brilliant at Castle Stuart. Onto The Open and the US PGA

Monday 11th July 2016

Well I write this note at the rather delightful hour of 6am on Monday in Aviemore. Famous for skiing this quaint highland village hosted team Hatton last night en route to Troon.

Yesterday had it all as Tyrrell battled hard to catch the eventual and worthy champion 33 year old Alex Noren of Sweden. Tyrrell's head never dropped, his mental strength showed and he looked very comfortable in the pressure cooker that is the last group on a Sunday at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

The week began with his father and coach Jeff flying up to spend some much needed time on the range. On Tuesday Tyrrell hit a weeks quota of balls. Jeff, Danny Wardrop and caddy Chris Rice were there as Tyrrell ironed out swing faults. Later back at the Georgia house on Tuesday where we hosted Hilton and TaylorMade for a BBQ (exquisitely cooked by Danny Wardrop!) Tyrrell knew he'd put in a real shift sporting a stiff back!

Well the hard graft worked and he made steady progress through to the weekend with two excellent rounds of 70. Then on Saturday he exploded out of the blocks with a birdie, eagle, birdie start. This lightning bolt shot Tyrrell up the leaderboard where he remained all day to take his place alongside Alex Noren in the final group on Sunday.

He ate well in the morning chilling at the house pre a late tee off time for the US networks of 3:10pm and made a solid start. Sadly the putter was a little cold but Tyrrell kept his composure and on the 8th Alex dropped a shot and Tyrrell birdied, game on! The two toiled with each other on the back 9 with chances on both sides. Tyrrell just couldn't catch him and in the end he came up one shot short. The birdie on 18 was worth £150,000 to Tyrrell, fair play to him for dropping that putt, he has oodles of bottle.

So today Tyrrell wakes up with the following accomplished:

- 68th in the World Rankings
- 14th on the Race to Dubai
- Qualified for the Open Championship
- Qualified for the US PGA Championship
- Qualified for the Race to Dubai Final Series
- With his largest ever pay cheque of €424,600

Shortly we all head off to Royal Troon, Tyrrell joins JD in the field and tomorrow afternoon they will practice together.

It should be a great week, just like the last week we all hope. The Open is very special and to watch great players like JD and Tyrrell play in this magnificent institution of an event is a real treat.

Enjoy The Open!

John Fay MBE
Manager

 

TYRRELL STEPS UP TO A NEW LEVEL AT THE US PGA

Monday 17th August 2015

What a week for Tyrrell, he finished a hugely impressive tied 25th yesterday on his PGA Tour debut and his first Major in the United States.

Throughout the week you could see his confidence grow particularly when he made the cut, his first in 5 attempts in majors. On the weekend he took on the challenge and played brilliant golf in Rd3 as his "go at the pin" style of golf enthralled crowds. He shot -4 to climb up from 63rd to 36th and putted beautifully.

His final round was full of excitement again as he peppered flags when on the fairway and produced miraculous recoveries when in the thick Whistling Straights rough. The Scotty Cameron putter produced 3 birdies but a few went by until the 17th.

Standing 223yds from the pin with a 4 iron in his hands a 23 year old Englishman was about to become well known all across the golfing world. He struck the shot, it landed on and rolled toward the pin before cruelly lipping out. What a shot though and what a reaction from the crowd, they like go getters here and he birdied the hole. Tyrrell parred the brutal 18th easily, shook Francesco Molinari's hand and walked off the green a very happy and contented debutant.

 

Tyrrell Hatton feels a first European Tour win is not far away

Thursday 30th July 2015

Fresh off one of the best performances of his career in Switzerland, Tyrrell Hatton is determined to break into the European Tour's winners' circle sooner rather than later.

The 24-year-old enjoyed a superb maiden season among Europe's elite in 2014, and capped his campaign with a top-six finish at the DP World Tour Championship which elevated him to 36th in the Race to Dubai standings.

Hatton is now on pace to better that this year, currently standing at 36th with over four months of the season remaining, and his stunning final-round 62 at the Omega European Masters earned him outright third place and his fourth top-10 of 2015.

The young English talent is confident that a first win is just around the corner, and he is reaping the benefits of being able to play with a little more freedom having already guaranteed his playing rights for the 2016 season.

"I got off to a nice start to 2014 which set me up nicely for the year," Hatton told Sky Sports. "I was fresh out of the Challenge Tour, and my main goal for the year was to keep my card. I missed a couple of cuts in South Africa in December so I was a little wary, but I then finished 10th in Abu Dhabi and that was hugely important.

"I had a decent week in Qatar (T22) and missed the cut in Dubai, but then I was tied for second in the Joburg Open and that gave me the confidence and the belief that I could do well on the European Tour.

"I had a bit of an inconsistent patch from May to July, but that’s just golf, it’s fairly normal. I made the Race to Dubai Final Series and that was unbelievable in my first full year on tour. It was a great year, and to finish sixth in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai really capped it off."

Hatton admits he can occasionally be too hard on himself on the course, but he is working hard on keeping his emotions in check and feels being more relaxed has contributed to a number of excellent performances this season.

"I’m really passionate and a perfectionist in many ways," he added. "I’ve always been my biggest critic and I wear my heart on my sleeve. It’s something I’ve been working on and I feel like I’m getting there, but it’s not a fast process. I’ve improved a lot, certainly this year, and the results have been good.

I show my frustration, but it’s something I’m working on and getting better at. But at the end of the day it’s a competition and you want to win. You’re not out there to smile all the time!

"I’m just trying to feel more relaxed on the course and staying in the present. It’s quite easy to get ahead of yourself, so I’ve been working on staying as patient as possible, appreciating the good play and not trying to force anything."

Hatton, seeded seventh at this week's Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play, exceeded even his own expectations in his debut season, and he is determined to keep his momentum flowing over the second half of this year.

"I just need a bit more consistency really," he said. "I feel my game is good enough to belong in the bigger tournaments and I’ve done well in some high-profile events. I feel I’m on the right track and I’ve had some good results, so hopefully that first win is not too far away."

Hatton is also enjoying stability off the course as well, attracting a number of endorsement deals including one with Hilton, an official supplier to the European Tour.

"My management company sorted it all out for me and I’m very lucky to be associated with Hilton," he said. "They’re obviously a well-known worldwide business and an official partner of the European Tour. It’s a great sponsor to have in only my second year on Tour and I’m very fortunate.

"I used to work full-time and then part-time folding towels and selling candles, so I’m really fortunate to be in the position I’m in now. I really am living the dream."

Source: Sky Sports. Read more here

 

Tyrrell Hatton hopes for happy return to St Andrews

Monday 13th July 2015

Tyrrell Hatton was an overwhelmed 18-year-old amateur when he made his Open debut at St Andrews in 2010.

He shot rounds of 78 and 77 to miss the cut by nine shots on 11 over par. But the Englishman returns this week as a fully-fledged European Tour professional, who is lurking just outside the world's top 100.

"If you'd said to me five years ago that I'd be back here playing in my fourth Open, I'd have been over the moon with that," Hatton told BBC Sport.

"When I was 18, it was quite daunting being on the range next to these guys. Now I'm pretty used to it.

"Sadly, my three previous attempts at playing in an Open have not turned out too good," added the Buckinghamshire professional, who also missed the cut at Muirfield in 2013 and at Hoylake a year ago. "But I'm playing well now. And I'm happy that I can hold my own when pressure is on.

"I've had some good finishes in the last year and hopefully my first win is not too far away."

After finishing with his best round of the week at the Scottish Open on Sunday, a four-under 66 at Gullane, Hatton admitted: "I tweaked something in my set-up and hit the ball a lot better. It was good preparation for next week.

"I played at St Andrews in the Dunhill Cup last year and it's a different atmosphere to anywhere else. I remember seeing Jack Nicklaus holing that putt on the final green when he played his final Open 10 years ago. You can't match that sort of occasion anywhere in the world."

Source: BBC Sport. Read more here

 

Hatton set for fourth Open appearance after tying for fourth at Irish Open

Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Marlow's Tyrrell Hatton will make his fourth Open appearance in six years after finishing tied for fourth at the Irish Open last weekend.

The Harleyford Golf Club member, playing in his second season on the European Tour, will tee off at St Andrews next month after finishing just one shot shy of a play-off for the Irish Open championship on Sunday.

Hatton qualified as an amateur for the Open in 2010, and it is the second successive year that he has secured a place through the qualifiers after finishing tied for fourth at last year’s Scottish Open.

Hatton produced three bogeys on the back nine of his final round, but birdied the 17th and got a par on the last as he just missed out on the play-off.

He finished tied with Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello on one under, securing the final qualifying place at St Andrews over Cabrera-Bello because of his higher world ranking which is now 119.

Source: Maidenhead Advertiser. Read more here

 

Hatton on the hunt again in 2015

Wednesday 14th January 2015

After a superb maiden season on The European Tour last year, talented young Englishman Tyrrell Hatton kicks off his 2015 campaign this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship with ambitions abounding as he starts his search for further glories in the Gulf.

The 23 year old finished 36th in The 2014 Race to Dubai Rankings after posting five top ten finishes, including a tied tenth place here at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club 12 months ago which was followed a month later by a joint runner-up spot at the Joburg Open.

Hatton then battled a testing Royal Aberdeen layout and a star-studded field to finish fourth at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open to snatch a coveted place at The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool before again challenging for silverware with a tied third place at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland.

Quite a fledgling campaign, then, for the former Challenge Tour graduate, who was narrowly pipped to the post for the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award by Turkish Airlines Open winner Brooks Koepka.
“Last season was definitely a great rookie year and one that only exceeded all of my expectations,” said Hatton, who also finished tied sixth at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
“At the start of the year, I just wanted to keep my card – like I guess all the Challenge Tour guys do. 
“But getting off to a fast start was really good for my confidence and I just managed to carry that through.
“I think I would say Scotland was big and perhaps the highlight for me with just how I played in the final round in terms of the pressure that was on it with a spot in The Open up for grabs and against the sort of world-class field that the Scottish Open attracts.

“So that was probably one that stands out for me, just how I played that day with the pressure.
“It’s been a good rise up the ranks for the last two years, but hopefully I can keep improving and taking further steps onwards and upwards.”

Having exhibited no small amount of skill, tenacity and confidence during a highly impressive first year on Tour, as his second season begins, the question is: what next for Tyrrell Hatton?

“I enjoy coming out here to Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Qatar,” he continued. “Those were the three last year that I was really looking forward to playing, ‘The Desert Swing’, so it's nice to be back.

“I'd say my big aim for this year would be to get in to the DP World Tour Championship again. I would like my World Ranking to be inside the top 100 by the end of the year at least, too. 

“And, of course, it would be nice to get the first win.  That would be special.  I’ve obviously been dreaming about that since I was a little kid so to actually do it would be quite something.”
As one of golf’s most promising rising stars, Hatton is aware of his responsibilities both on and off the golf course and has recently taken up a role as Golf Ambassador for Child Bereavement UK, whose Patron is HRH The Duke of Cambridge.

The charity, local to where Hatton grew up, supports families and educates health care professionals when a baby or child dies or is facing bereavement. Each and every year they train somewhere in the region of 6,000 people to help them to better understand the needs of grieving families.

“The aim is to just try to give something back, no matter how little it is it is always something good to do,” said Hatton. “Child Bereavement UK are a local charity, based in Saunderton near High Wycombe where I am from and they fight for a very worthy cause so I just felt it was good to promote the amazing work that they do.

“No family, or child, should have to go through that and the charity does incredible work helping them cope and helping them deal with the news if something bad happens.”

Maturing rapidly in the glare of golf’s global spotlight, in the 12 months since taking his place on the top tier of European golf Hatton has found himself propelled from 379th in the Official World Golf Ranking up to 131st place and knocking on the door of some of the game’s top events.

With talent in spades, a raft of growing interest and new sponsors to boot – having just teamed up with Hilton Worldwide, who were recently named The European Tour’s Official Hotel Supplier – you would be well served keeping your eyes firmly trained on one Tyrrell Hatton, as he looks to continue his irrepressible march up the golfing ladder in 2015.

 

Tyrrell featured on the Golf Bible blog

Tyrrell has been featured on the Golf Bible blog. Here's an excerpt from this great blog post titled 'We need to talk about Tyrrell'.

"Tyrrell Hatton is fast becoming one of the best golfers in the world and he doesn’t appear to be hanging about either.

As recently as May 2013 he was ranked 995th in the Official World Golf Rankings.  He was 376th at the end of 2013 and currently lies 153rd.  A good finish at the DP World Tour Championship (DPWTC) – he lies T10 on -6 after 36-holes – should help him move comfortably into the Top 150 on Sunday."

To read the full article, click here.

 

Tyrrell attends Bollington Insurance golf day at Mottram Hall

Tyrrell recently attended the Bollington Insurance golf day at Mottram Hall in Cheshire. You can view a video of the day's action by clicking here.

 

Hatton rising to the challenge on Race to Dubai

On a list as long as it is distinguished, the name of Tyrrell Hatton could well be the latest to join the legends named Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year, as the Englishman looks to continue a fine maiden European Tour campaign at the KLM Open this week.

With compatriots such as Paul Casey, Sir Nick Faldo and Ian Poulter having already inscribed their name upon the all-hallowed trophy alongside the likes of Sergio Garcia, José María Olazábal and last year’s winner Peter Uihlein, the 22 year old has made a strong case so far this season to join such illustrious company.

Hailing from Buckinghamshire, some thirty miles west of Central London, Hatton has made a meteoric rise through the professional ranks that has culminated in an impressive Race to Dubai debut this year, during which he has registered three top four finishes.

The most recent of those came at the Omega European Masters, where four rounds in the 60s, including a pair of 65s over the weekend, saw him post 17 under par and finish just one stroke out of the play-off contested between Graeme Storm and the triumphant David Lipsky.

That tie for third helped book end a strong summer of competitive action that followed on from an impressive turn at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in July, where Hatton eventually shared fourth place alongside Stephen Gallacher, Shane Lowry and Matteo Manassero.

Teeing it up in the penultimate group on Sunday would have been great experience for the Englishman, and that result built upon some strong early season form that also saw him finish in the top ten at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January, before a share of runner-up at the Joburg Open a month later.

All of these results have Hatton ideally placed inside the top 60 on The Race to Dubai that will eventually qualify for the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, a tournament that if he were to qualify for, he openly admits will be the icing on an already exemplary 2014 cake.

“It has been great, I couldn’t have wished for a better first year,” explained the former amateur star. “I’ve just looked forward to every week and managed to play well, which has been great. At the start of the season there are worries at the back of your mind about how you are going to get on, but a top ten in Abu Dhabi was great, with a world class field, which was great for my confidence.

“Then to finish tied second in Joburg a couple of weeks later was really good as it kick started the year. I had a couple of OK weeks after that where I finished 30th or 40th, and then to finish in a tie for fourth in Scotland was great.

“In the short term I would like to qualify for The Race to Dubai finale at the end of this year, as that would be fantastic. If you’d have told me I’d be this close to qualifying at this stage of the season, in my rookie year, I’d have snapped your hand off really.”

There is no doubt that a strong amateur career provided a suitable foundation to life as a golfer, but it was Hatton’s star turn on the Challenge Tour last year that not only earned him a place amongst the game’s elite, but also proved to himself that he had the game to compete at the top of the sport.

His best result, a runner-up at the Kazakhstan Open last September, was swiftly backed up by the same again at The Foshan Open in China a month later. He would not rest on his laurels though, and a share of sixth place at the Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour Grand Final hosted by Al Badia Golf Club to close the season made sure of a tenth place finish on the season-long Rankings.

With the top 15 earning their place on The European Tour, Hatton had completed his streamlined ascent to the top of the game, and he has since revelled in being surrounded by some of the greats of the game.

“I had a great finish to the Challenge Tour season last year, and I kept that run of form going as we moved into the New Year, and to play well and do well in those tournaments really made me believe that I could play at this next level,” said Hatton.

“I’ve just tried to keep my routines the same as last year on the Challenge Tour, as I’ve never been a great practiser, and only like to spend half an hour warming up. So I’ve just kept everything the same and tried not to do anything different.

“I’ve watched a lot of golf on TV, so to be in the Players’ Lounge and on the range next to these guys, I’ve almost been a little star struck, and as I’m still young I think I’m allowed that.”

Hatton was speaking midway through his first trip to the stunning Crans-sur-Sierre, during another week in which he would impress his talent upon fans of The European Tour, and he closed with an anecdote that further proves his credentials as a rising star on The Race to Dubai.

“It was not an ideal start, but I didn’t have a warm up this morning as I took a little longer in the physio truck than normal, which wasn’t ideal,” said Hatton, who started his second round at the Omega European Masters with a double bogey, before bouncing back to a four under par score on Friday.

“To come back and play really well though was pleasing, as I did a similar thing at Wentworth (in the BMW PGA Championship). I was three over through the first couple there, and then played my last 15 holes in five under. That little bit of pressure, when you need to make birdies to turn it around, I seem to have dealt with it quite well this year, so it has been good.”

In a game that can serve up as many highs as lows, Hatton’s apparent ability to deal with adversity – as he describes above – will come in very handy if he is to carve out a successful and lengthy career on The European Tour, and judging by his performances so far this season, there is every chance that this 22 year old is here to stay.

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Tyrrell fantastic at Royal Aberdeen

Tyrrell returned to top form last week at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. It was held at the 6th oldest course in the world, Royal Aberdeen Golf Club.

In a world class field featuring Phil Mickelson, Rory Mcllroy, Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler Tyrrell produced some brilliant golf.

On Thursday and Friday in extreme wind he made the cut on -2 only three shots back. Saturday the calm arrived and low scoring was a plenty as Tyrrell shot -5 to move up to 4th place going into the final day.

He was in the penultimate group and shot -3 under playing great golf with the putts not quite falling. Eventually he finished Tied 4th, secured an 2014 Open Championship spot and earned €148,000, a great week.

Yet again the immense talent of Tyrrell Hatton shone through. He is only 22 and has a great future ahead of him. He is now 161 in the world rankings.

 

Hatton sensational in South Africa

Yesterday Tyrrell Hatton produced a superb performance in the final round of the 2014 JoBurg Open in South Africa. He blasted 7 birdies for a 66 and finished tied 2nd. For his efforts Tyrrell collected €101,000, moved up to 31st on the Race to Dubai and rocketed up to 208 in the world.  He was 800 in the world 12 months ago!

Tyrrell has finished a 4 week stretch with a MC, T21st, T10th and T2nd earning over €150,000. I witnessed myself his play in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and at times it's simply world class.  He drives the ball 300yds, he can zero in his irons and his putting is awesome.

We have always presented Tyrrell as a great talent with exceptional manners and a fantastic personality. It's great to see golf fans embracing him and enjoying his play. He's a cracking fella who loves plying his trade.

Tyrrell is now home in Marlow before flying back to South Africa on the weekend for the Tswane Open nr JoBurg. He will be resting up and seeing his family.

Despite his recent success Tyrrell remains steadfast in his determination to improve and develop his game. This is what's so refreshing about Tyrrell, he's not one to stand still at all.

This week we see Jaco Van Zyl playing the Africa Open (he finished 21st in a JoBurg) and Craig Hinton plays the final stage of The Asian Tour Q School in Thailand. Jamie Donaldson departs for his 3 month sojourn to the States with his family.  He plays the WGC Accenture Matchplay next week in Arizona.

 

Tyrell Top Ten in Abu Dhabi

Well what a week out here at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club for the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship. Rookie Tyrrell Hatton secured a top ten place.

What really impressed was the character shown on the back 9 on Sunday. He was 3 over for the day at the turn, playing terribly yet finished one under. He could have easily shrivelled when playing partners Joost Luiten and George Coetzee who were charging up the leaderboard.

However Mr Hatton is made of tough stuff and he blitzed the back 9. Great to watch. He finished T10th and made €31,000.

Next week Tyrrell heads onto Qatar for the Commercialbank Qatar Masters full of belief.

 

Tyrrell Hatton Officially Becomes a European Tour Player

Tyrrell Hatton officially became a European Tour player in Dubai yesterday. Pictured here with his fellow graduates at the Al Badia Golf Club in Dubai. At the Challenge Tour Grand Final Tyrrell finished 6th on -10 par. This moved him up to 10th on the Challenge Tour Order of Merit thus gave him promotion to the European Tour. A stunning achievement in his first full year as a Challenge Tour player at just 22 years old.

His new season starts in only just 3 weeks in South Africa when he tees it up in the South African Open. He will then play the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopards Creek before playing the Hong Kong Open then Tyrrell heads home for Christmas.

Tougher challenges lie ahead for Tyrrell on the European Tour but for now it's appropriate to reflect and give the lad a huge pat on the back.