Sunday’s roundup: Hatton rolls to Dunhill championship
St. Andrews, Scotland — Tyrrell Hatton won his first European Tour title after taking apart the Old Course at St. Andrews for the second straight day in an impressive display of front-running at the Dunhill Links Championship on Sunday.
Hatton, a 24-year-old Englishman, who had a three-shot lead overnight, followed up a course record-tying, bogey-free 62 at the home of golf on Saturday with a 6-under 66 in the final round. He finished at 23-under 265.
Hatton won by four shots over Richard Sterne (66) and Ross Fisher (67) to earn about $800,000 — easily the biggest paycheck of his career.
The win capped a strong second half of 2016 for Hatton, who was second at the Scottish Open, fifth at the British Open and 10th at the U.S. PGA Championship.
“It’s a dream come true, and to do it at the home of golf is fantastic,” said the 53rd-ranked Hatton, who had two second-places and two third-places on his resume until finally ending his drought.
His performances in the Scottish and British Opens demonstrated his competence on links courses, and his weekend rounds at St. Andrews were clinics.
Hatton had three straight birdies at Nos. 3-5 and rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 9 to open up a six-shot advantage. More birdies came at Nos. 12, 14 and 15, meaning a bogey on the 17th — after finding the Road Hole bunker — had little effect and he could play the famous 18th hole with no pressure.
“I was quite nervous for the majority of the round,” Hatton said, “but I played really solid and holed some good putts, and that kept the momentum going.”
Haas second-oldest winner
Jay Haas birdied the first hole of a playoff with Bart Bryant at Newport Beach, Calif., to become the second-oldest winner in Champions history.
At 62 years, 10 months, 7 days, Haas trails only Mike Fetchick, the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors Invitational winner at 63 years to the day.
After opening with bogey-free rounds of 64 and 63 to take a five-stroke lead, Haas had to rally to get into the playoff. He made par saves on the par-3 17th and par-5 18th for a 1-under 70 to match Bryant — who earlier bogeyed 18 to give Haas an opening — at 16-under 197.
Haas won his 18th title on the 50-and-over tour and first since 2014.
The 53-year-old Bryant shot a 64, three-putting the 18th in regulation.
Bryant also struggled on the hole in the playoff, hitting way left off the tee, then into a grandstand to the right of the green. Haas hit the fairway and drew a good lie in light rough. Bryant’s chip raced across the green and off, and Haas hit his to a foot for the winning birdie.
Jang hangs on in LPGA
Ha Na Jang held off Shanshan Feng by a stroke in wind and rain in the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship for her third victory of the year.
Eight strokes ahead of Feng after a birdie on the sixth hole, the 24-year-old South Korean player bogeyed two of the next three holes and scrambled to par the final nine for a 1-under 71.
Feng finished with a 66. The Chinese star chipped in for birdie from 35 feet on the par-4 15th to pull within two strokes, and nearly holed a bunker shot for eagle on the par-5 18th.
Jang then lagged her 15-foot birdie putt to inches, and briefly danced on the green after tapping in.
Jang finished at 17-under 271.
Brooke Henderson (70) tied for third with Hyo Joo Kim (69) at 10 under.