Tyrrell Hatton achieves Tiger Woods-level dominance at St Andrews

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Sunday saw some incredible scoring at St Andrews at the Dunhill Links Championship as Ross Fisher broke the Old Course's record with an 11-under-par 61 and Victor Dubuisson nearly matched him with a nine-under 63.

On a calm day on the storied Old Course, even a bogey-free round by Fisher containing 11 birdies could not reel in overnight leader Hatton, who shot 66 for a three-stroke victory over his fellow Englishman.

Hatton became the first player in the 17-year history of the Dunhill Links to successfully defend the title in a tournament played over three Scottish courses - the Old Course, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie.

A bogey-free 7-under-par 65 put Hatton in a commanding position to defend the title the Englishman won by four shots previous year at St. Andrews, the home of golf. A two-under finish on St. Andrew's trio of closing par-4s would have given Fisher the magic number, but he'd have to "settle" for the oldest course record in the world with a 61.

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".

Victor Dubuisson finished third, having also set himself up for a chance of a new course record with three holes to play after carding 10 birdies to stand 10 under after the 15th. "But I would definitely have taken it".




"So you know, fair play to Fish".

"Fact is, more golf courses have closed in the United States in each of the last 10 years than have opened", said the 18-time major victor. Past year was a new experience for me going out leading a tournament and I managed to do a really good job.

The problem, unfortunately, is that nothing can probably be done now to protect her, especially on days like Sunday, because, as Player pointed out, it's the ball and equipment that are behind the sort of low scoring we saw last week more than anything else. "I got off to a fast start and made some early putts". Not much happening, good or bad.

The Broome Manor pro had already collected four bogeys before reaching the 16th hole, but the Swindon Star went downhill further with a pair of double bogeys on the par five 16th and par four 17th. "It's absolutely brilliant to win the Team Championship for a third time".

After winning this tournament 12 months ago, Steele maintained his position in the FedExCup standings for the entire season but failed to make the 30-man field at the Tour Championship. "Hopefully next year we'll be back playing in the tournament again".

A score of 59 appeared within his grasp after he posted 11 birdies in 15 holes, but he fell short after parring the last three.

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