Hatton holds off Fisher to retain Dunhill title

From ESPN - October 8, 2017

Tyrrell Hatton defended his Alfred Dunhill Links Championship title at St Andrews after a final-round 66 secured a 3-shot victory.

Defending champion Hatton, who began the day with a 5-shot lead, held off the late challenge of Ross Fisher, whose brilliant 61 set a course record, and Frenchman Victor Dubuisson to become the first man to retain the crown.

Hatton, 25, opened up a 7-shot lead with four birdies on the front nine and gained a further shot on the 14th -- he dropped only 2 shots during the tournament -- to finish three ahead of fellow Englishman Fisher for his second European Tour title.

Fisher, who played himself into contention by gaining 6 shots in his last seven holes on Saturday, maintained his sizzling form by threatening to close with a record-breaking 59.

Fisher carded seven birdies on the front nine and hit four more successive birdies from the 12th to stand at 11-under, but fell short of the magical figure as he parred the final three holes.


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