Tyrrell Hatton enjoyed a deserved first victory on the European Tour on Sunday (October 9th) after securing the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship title at St Andrews.
The 24-year-old finished on 23 under par, four shots clear of fellow Englishman Ross Fisher
And South African Richard Sterne.
Hatton’s score matched the best in the event’s 16-year history and comes after he recently changed putter to a PING Vault Oslo putter, a change which he believes has paid dividends.
He said: “I changed to a PING putter called the Oslo.
“I first put that in the bag I think two weeks ago when I got home. I had been struggling a little bit with my putting, and you know, I put that in play.
“I actually played quite nicely at home and holed some putts, so I came into this week with confidence.
“Thankfully, you know, I kept holing putts, so it seems to be a good change.”
Hatton bagged £640,380 in prize money taking his season’s earnings to around the £2m mark and speaking to the media afterwards described the win as a “dream come true”.
“It’s a dream come true for me, the win. I’ve wanted this moment since I was six years old,” he said.
“I was quite nervous out there today. I’ve got a little bit of experience with being out in the final group.
“I have none whatsoever of leading. That was a new experience today.
“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.
“It feels amazing. I’ve wanted this moment since I was a 6-year-old walking around Wentworth. It’s incredible.”
The team prize was won by the pairing of Masters champion Danny Willett and his caddie Jonathan Smart, who recorded a score of 38 under par, despite Willett missing the cut in the individual championship.