Tyrrell Hatton achieves Tiger Woods-level dominance at St Andrews

Defending champion Hatton will hope he doesn't lose his way as in the British Masters

Defending champion Hatton will hope he doesn't lose his way as in the British Masters

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, conceived as a celebration of links golf, is played over three of the world's best known and respected links courses - the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. A burst of four straight birdies from No. 12 then helped Fisher reduce Hatton's lead to three strokes, down from a margin of six at the turn.

Speaking afterwards, Hatton said: "I didn't see a leaderboard on the back nine until the 16th green, when I saw he (Fisher) was at 21 (under) and I was thinking how well he was going".

Bourdy made four birdies in a row from the third in a 66 at Carnoustie, while Dunne - who claimed a first professional win at last week's British Masters - had three birdies and a bogey in a 70 at Kingsbarns. "So I stayed focused and I stayed patient, a very good week".

Yet it was Hatton who commanded the field, holding a five shot lead heading in to the final day of the tournament and ending the day three shots clear of Fisher to win his second European Tour title.

"When you get St. Andrews on a day like this, it's definitely scoreable, but you still have to hit the shots", he said. Past year was a new experience for me going out leading a tournament and I managed to do a really good job.

As Player's tweet reflected, though, there's now a distinct possibility of someone breaking 60 at
St Andrews - Fisher had a putt for a 59 from the Valley of Sin before having to settle for a 61 as he then missed a three-foot birdie putt - and do we really want to see that on the Old Course of all places? No! No! No!

"Unfortunately Tyrrell was too far ahead, but maybe I managed to give him a little bit to think about coming down the stretch".

Countryman Grégory Bourdy, England's Robert Rock and Scot Marc Warren were then ten shots behind the victor, with English trio Luke Donald, Oliver Fisher and Eddie Pepperell, Ireland's Paul Dunne and Frenchman Alexander Levy at 13 under. Grace was seven-under with three holes to go, but finished poorly with bogeys at 16, at 228m one of the longest par-3s in golf, and 17, which is one of the toughest par-4s on the course. "It's absolutely brilliant to win the Team Championship for a third time". "It's great to be back and I'm enjoying my first defence".

"It was fun", Fisher said in his post-round press conference. "That's what I'm going to concentrate on from now until the end of the year".

"So this old man is just trying to show them that I'm not over the hill yet".

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