07:00PM, Monday 11 November 2019
Marlow’s Tyrrell Hatton promised to ‘savour the moment’ after winning a six-man play-off to clinch the Turkish Airlines Open on Sunday, and net himself $2m dollars in prize money.
Under the floodlights, the 28-year-old held his nerve over four extra holes to take the title after Austria’s Matthias Schwab missed a short par putt.
They competition was finished under the floodlights after six players had tied on 20 under par.
It was Hatton’s fourth European Tour title since turning pro and his first since winning the Italian Open back in October 2017.
It’s also seen him jump to sixth in the Race to Dubai rankings and launches him back into the world’s top 30 official World Golf rankings.
“I can't believe I've won," Hatton told Sky Sports.
"It's been quite a difficult year with some things off the course but I really found my game in the last month.
"It's easy to take things for granted in sport but it hits home when it's not going well.
"I said I would really savour it if I won again and I will. I'm absolutely thrilled."
With only two events of the season remaining, the Harleyford Golf Club member has also made sure of finishing inside the world’s top 50, thereby guaranteeing his invitation for the Masters at Augusta National in April.
Only twice before in the European Tour’s history has there been a six-man playoff, with England’s Mark Foster triumphing in the last of them at the Dunhill Championships in 2003.
The American Kurt Kitayama was knocked out after three holes while the French duo of Benjami Hebert and Victor Perez, and South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen were eliminated after the first extra hole on the Par 5, 558-yard 18th hole at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal course.
Hatton chipped in on the 18th to make it into the play-off and went back to his roots to refocus for extra holes.
“I was getting in my own way, moaning about the little bit of mud on the fairway as it was just left in a dead spot,” he added.
“Mick (caddie) said just chip it in, and I went back to when I was a kid at Harleyford, just chipping away and there would be times when you’d just hole three in a row and that just really focused me and it came out perfect. It’s amazing that it went in and I’m just so thankful that I’ve gone on to win the title.
“You don’t think about the money. It’s all pride. It’s a bonus after a great week. I’m just so happy, I don’t know what else I can say.”
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