Hatton Shrugs Off ‘Angry Golfer’ Tag & All Smiles Sealing Sixth Tour Success In Abu Dhabi.

So much for the tag of ‘Angry Golfer’ as Tyrrell Hatton was all smiles in cruising to an effortless victory in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Hatton, 29, brushed aside Rory McIlroy in posting a rock solid final day 66 and win with an 18-under par ally on the National course in the UAE capital.

Aussie Jason Scrivener, 31, played he closing nine holes in just 29 strokes, and thanks to a 10th hole eagle ‘3’ and also five birdies, to grab second place thanks to a round of 66 for a 14-under par total.

It was easily Scrivener’s best result in 154 European Tour appearances and earned himself a cool Euro 710,175 prize cheque, and also two days before celebrating Australia Day (January 26th_

Hatton’s win is his 10th pro career victory and his sixth on the European Tour with the win in the $US 8m event lifting the Englishman to a further career high of No. 5 in the world.

Hatton went into the final day of the first European Tour event of the new season at 12-under par and trailing one shot behind Rory McIlroy, and while McIlroy went two shots clear with birdies on three and four, bogeys at four and the eighth hole, and after a poor drive left, was just the invitation Hatton needed.

And Hatton did need to be asked twice.

His Abu Dhabi victory, of course, moves him to the top of the 2021 Race to Dubai Rankings after finishing in the top ten in the season long standings in four of the last five years.

“It’s surreal to be honest,” he said.

“Even knocking the putt in on 18 doesn’t seem like I’ve won the tournament but it’s amazing.

“I’ve always loved starting my season here in Abu Dhabi and to now add my name on that trophy with so many great champions before me is a huge honour.

“It’s massive, Ryder Cup points have started again and that’s a huge goal for me this year, to make that team, so I’m absolutely delighted that I’ve managed to pick up a load of points this week. I’ll enjoy tonight but then my attention will turn to next week.

“Starting the day one back behind Rory, always know it’s going to be a tough day – if Rory plays as good as he can, he’s basically the best in the world. It was always going to be really tough to get past him.

“All the guys that have Tour cards are amazing golfers, no matter what your World Ranking is, and when it’s your day, it’s your day.

“You can’t think that you’re better than anyone else. Everyone’s equal. Everyone’s an amazing player and you just give it your best when you’re out there.”



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