Tommy Fleetwood shoots course record, shares lead at Alfred Dunhill

Lynette Rowe
October 9, 2017

Hatton, 25, who reached 14th in the world rankings in March, equalled the course record at the home of golf previous year on his way to a four-shot victory and is bidding to become the first man to successfully defend this title.

Hatton finished last year's tournament 23 under and edged Ross Fisher by four shots.

He was staring at the first-ever score of 59 on the European Tour when he sent his drive just short of the green at the last.

That gave him a 21-under-par total, which was good enough to finish three strokes behind the victor, Tyrrell Hatton, also of England, who became the first player in the tournament's history to retain the title.

World number six Rory McIlroy will end 2017 without a title, carding a 72 in his final round of the year to finish 20 strokes behind the victor.

Fisher, who played himself into contention by gaining six shots in his last seven holes on Saturday, maintained his sizzling form by carding seven birdies on the front nine.

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He had a putt for eagle from the Valley of Sin on No. 18, which would have sealed the first round of 59 in the history of the European Tour.

"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".

"I'm gutted I missed that one on the last but it's just one of those days as I felt like I was playing alright but I'm not going to complain too much with a 61", Fisher said. "He pushed me all the way and I was very happy to get over the line".

The four-time major champion ended a frustrating season on Sunday with a round of 72 for a disappointing four-under par total and a distant share of 63rd place in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

"My iron play is coming on and I saw some good signs last week at Close House and while I didn't play all that well this week it was nice to feel like I was in the hunt at some stage at the end of my season".

"I haven't been able to do that, but even though I haven't won and the results haven't been what I wanted I still feel like I can salvage something from the rest of this year even though I'm not playing".

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