Italian Open. Tyrrell Takes The Trophy.

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Tyrrell Hatton, England, takes the Italian Open trophy at Golf Club Milano in Monza, Italy.

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Back to back wins for Tyrrell, last week the  Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, and now the Italian Open. The tournament looked to be heading for a play-off until Tyrrell rolled in a fifteen foot birdie putt on the last green to clinch the title with a bogey free last round -6 under 65, for the wining total of -21 under par;

“It’s amazing to win one but to win back-to-back and defend in two weeks is unbelievable.”

“I knew I needed a low score today, and the front nine was pretty slow and I didn’t really get any momentum.” 

“I was fighting myself, trying to stay patient and J.B, my caddie, was saying good things will come.”

“Although I found it hard to believe, I tried to stay patient. In the end, I guess I got my reward.”

“The end goal is to get as high as possible up the world rankings. Obviously the last two weeks have helped a lot.”

“To win a Rolex Series event is very special. They are new for this season and all of the players look forward to playing in them.” 

“I’m just happy that I could win one of them after a poor showing in them during the summer.”

Tied in second place, just as they were preparing for a play-off, were Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand, -6 under 65 today and Ross Fisher, England, who must have thought he would win with his final round -8 under par 63, the low round of the day, but it only got him into the second place tie at -20 under par.

Kiradech had to settle for second place, a bad mistake on sixteen;

“I’ve been playing solid golf for all four rounds. I made a double on the 16th but the birdie on the 17th was one of the best shots that I’ve ever hit.”

“Overall I still finished tied second. I’m still happy with the result. It was a fantastic putt on the last hole.”

Ross was second last week, the same man beat him today;

“Last week I had a goal to shoot 62 and managed to better that and shoot 61.”

“I thought, if I aim for 60, I might beat it and get a 59. But hey, 63, it’s a fantastic score on a Sunday.”

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Italian Open. Matt Wallace In Front.

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Matt Wallace, from England, is in front of the field at the Italian Open after 54 holes at  Golf Club Milano in Monza, Italy.

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Matt carded a third round -4 under 67 to take the lead in the Italian Open with a -17 under par total, and will have a two shot lead over the field going into the final round tomorrow;

 “I’d say we’re probably only halfway there, halfway done, because Sunday is a different day.

“I’m going to go out, fight as hard as I can and hopefully be standing here with the trophy tomorrow.

“Like I said yesterday and the day before, I’m playing some really nice stuff.”

Tied in second place at -15 under par are defending champion Francesco Molinari, Italy, -5 under 66 today, and last week’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship winner Tyrrell Hatton, England, -6 under 65 today.

Francesco is looking forward to tomorrow;

“I’m very pleased. I played very well. I think the game has been improving throughout the week, which is important.”

“Obviously I know it’s going to be tough tomorrow but I’m in a good position. It won’t be easy for anyone, but I’m happy to be in the mix.”

“I’m just looking forward to the last day of such a great event, with great crowds.”

Tyrrell played nicely, and holed some good putts;

“I played really nicely all day to be honest.”

 “I holed quite a few putts on the front nine, and sadly, I just couldn’t make the most of my opportunities on the back nine.”

“So you know, it was a game of two halves on the greens but I’m in a good position going into tomorrow.”

George Coetzee, South Africa, -6 under 65 today and  Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand, -3 under 68 in his third round, share fourth place at -14 under par.

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Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Hatton Makes History Defending The Title.

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Tyrrell Hatton, from England, makes history at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, becoming the first player to ever successfully defend the title, at St Andrews Old Course in Scotland.

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Tyrrell carded a final round -6 under 66 on the Old Course to retain his Alfred Dunhill Links Championship title with a -24 under par total;

“It’s an unbelievable feeling, it felt so much harder than last year, maybe that’s just a bit more pressure on myself but I’m so happy that I managed to defend it and what a great week again.”

“I think the format is helping me, playing with Jamie (Dornan) we have good fun out there and it sort of keeps me relaxed which is what I need to do. We’ve just had good fun, I think that is what this tournament is about.”

“What a great round of golf from Fish, it’s amazing. He pushed me all the way and I was very happy to get over the line.”

“I didn’t see a leaderboard until the 16th green and I saw he was on 21 and that certainly made the 17th tee-shot seem a bit harder.”

Making some history himself was Ross Fisher, England, who broke the Old Course record in his final round, a bogey free – 11 under 61 to post a -21 under total, for second place, the same position as last year;

“To go out and shoot a score like that with no bogeys, I just saw the lines and was hitting good putts and they were going in.”

“You almost want to keep going and I didn’t want it to end. At the home of golf I wanted to try and give that putt on the last a try for 59 and just came up a bit shy.”

Victor Dubuisson of France was third, he had a last round -9 under 63, which gave him a -17 under par total for the tournament.

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Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Tyrrell Hatton Has One Hand on the Trophy.

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Defending champion Tyrrell Hatton, from England, has one hand on the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship trophy after 54 holes in Scotland.

 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

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Tyrrell hauled himself clear of the field with third round -7 under par 65 at Kingsbarns, to post -18 under par at the top of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and will take a five shot advantage into the final round at St Andrews tomorrow, on the Old Course;

“To win at the home of golf once is incredible but to do it again and defend would be a dream come true.”

“Last year, this event was a fantastic moment for me.”

“It’s great to be back and I’m enjoying my first defence.

“Last year was a new experience for me going out leading a tournament and I managed to do a really good job. Made myself very difficult to catch, hopefully I can do that again tomorrow.”

“I’ll certainly try my best to do that. That’s all anyone can ever do is try their best and I’ll certainly do that.”

In second place is Grégory Bourdy, France, a -6 under par 66 at Carnoustie levering him up the leaderboard, but at -13 under for the tournament he has a long way to go to catch the leader;

“Very pleased for sure but it’s one of my favourite links courses as well. I feel good on it and I knew I could do a good score there.”

Paul Dunne, Ireland, -2 under 70 at Kingsbarns has third place at -11 under par, while Luke Donald, England, -6 under 66 at Kingsbarns, makes a rare but pleasing return to the higher end of a leaderboard, and Ross Fisher, England, -5 under 67, Kingsbarns, both players at -10 under for the tournament, but all will be fighting it out for the minor placings tomorrow.

Luke was a happy man;

“Happy with that score.”

“Happy to be in the mix, and go out there and shoot a low one.”

 

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Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Paul Dunne and Nicolas Colsaerts share the honor after the first round  in Scotland.

 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

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Last weeks winner Paul, from Ireland continued with his good form shooting -5 under par 67 at St. Andrews Old Course, while Nicolas, Belgium joined him at the top of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship leaderboard carding the same score over at Kingsbarns.

Paul is closely associated with St Andrews after leading the 2015 Open Championship at the 54 hole stage, as an amateur;

“I think the Open was a great thing for me here because it opened so many doors for sponsors and invites and that kind of thing when I turned pro but, also, how many times are you going to lead the Open at St. Andrews with one round to go?”

“My iron play was really solid, I was hitting everything pin-high on the front nine which is a big advantage because the greens are so big.”

“You’re probably not going to miss many but when it gets windy, two-putting from 60 feet can be difficult.”

“I didn’t play great coming in. I kind of did the opposite of what I should have done but I’ll take the five under.”

Nicolas stayed calm but did push until the end, holing the round off with a long putt on the 18th;

“I kept very composed, I pressed it until the end, which is nice. Birdied seventeen which is not really a birdie hole.”

“I hit it really close and finished it off with the longest putt of the day on eighteen, which is nice.”

Five players are then tied at -4 under, some at St Andrews, then Kingsbarns,  best score from Carnoustie was -3 under par.

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Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Tyrrell Hatton Has 1st Win.

 

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Tyrrell Hatton has his 1st European Tour win in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the Old Course St Andrews in Scotland.

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

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Tyrrell secure the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with a final round -6 under par 66,on the Old Course St Andrews, to post a winning total of -23 under par, and a four shot victory, using a new putter;

“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.”

Richard Sterne -6 under 66 today and Ross Fisher -5 under 67 finished tied in second place at -19 under par.

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Tyrell Hatton Has Healthy Lead.

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Tyrrell Hatton, of England has a healthy lead in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after 54 holes in Scotland.

 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

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Tyrrell scored a bogey free -10 under par 62 at the Old Course St Andrews to lead the  Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with a -17 under par total, and will take a three shot advantage into the final round tomorrow.

Tyrrell said it was his best round ever, and he putted well;

“It’s quite clearly the best round I’ve ever had I’ve never actually got to double digits before, either, so very pleased with that.”

“I putted really well again today. That was the big thing. Just kept momentum going with holing some good birdie putts and holed a couple of good par putts as well. That kept things going and I’m really happy with that finish.

“Obviously I’d love to get a win. I’ll try my best tomorrow. It’s been a really consistent year and it would be nice to have a good finish to the year.”

Another Englishman is in second place, at -14 under par, Ross Fisher carded -3 under 69 at Carnoustie, and was happy it was a nice day;

“It was a beautiful day to play this place. What a golf course in this condition.”

“It was decent. You never know what you’re going to get when you turn up here. We were all hoping for Car-nicety and not Car-nasty. We got it. “

“Conditions were pretty benign. There wasn’t much breeze. So whether it played easier or harder than what the other guys had it, I don’t know.”

“I heard stories about some of the clubs they were hitting onto the par fives and obviously we had it a lot longer and the tougher holes played easier for us.”

“It was still tricky out there. It was very firm, very fiery, but yeah, overall, I felt pretty pleased with the round. There were a couple of scrappy shots.”

“I maybe left a couple of putts out there but you know, all in all, I can’t complain. It plays pretty good, and to shoot under par and shoot in the 60s for the third day running, I’m obviously very, very pleased.”

Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren, -3 under at St Andrews, and South African Richard Sterne -7 under, also at St Andrews, share third place at -13 under par.