Alfred Dunhill Links: Tyrrell Hatton defends title at St. Andrew's

Nick Sanchez
October 11, 2017

Sunday saw some incredible scoring at St Andrews at the Dunhill Links Championship as Ross Fisher broke the Old Course's record with an 11-under-par 61 and Victor Dubuisson nearly matched him with a nine-under 63.

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.

"I felt like I saw the lines on the greens, had a really good score and knew I was playing for second because Tyrrell was nearly too far in front".

Fisher was runner-up for the second straight year. "A shame not to birdie the last for a 60, but I'm not going to complain too much with a 61". "I felt like I saw the lines on the greens, had a really good score and knew obviously I was playing for second because Tyrrell was nearly too far in front".

Hatton got up to 14th in the world rankings in March before enduring a frustrating summer, but that will all be forgotten should he become the first man to successfully defend this title. "But I would definitely have taken it".

"I think the format is helping me, playing with Jamie (Dornan) we had good fun out there and it sort of keeps me relaxed which is what I need to do".

Gary Player spoke out Sunday about technological advances to the golf ball and equipment after Ross Fisher torched The Old Course at St. Andrews to the tune of a new course record.

Low scores were the order of the day as earlier Victor Dubuisson opened with a 29 on the front side and was also in the midst of a 59 watch, only to bogey the 16th hole and "settle" for a 63.

Jamie Donaldson and Kieran McManus combined for a closing 56 to get to 40 under and win the team event by three shots. "Looks like I'll finish second on my own".

Another point to make would be that Ross Fisher shot 11-under-par thanks to a hot putter and an electric short game, not just because of long-hitting. "It's great to be back and I'm enjoying my first defence".

Phil Mickelson shot a 2-under 70 to finish tied for third at 12 under, while 54-hole leader Tyler Duncan finished in a tie for fifth after a disappointing 75. "That's what I'm going to concentrate on from now until the end of the year". 'I feel like I'm a much better player now than I was in 2010 and 2012 when I was able to win a couple of majors'.

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