Gary Player 'Sad Old Course Brought To Her Knees By Equipment'

Gary Player 'Sad Old Course Brought To Her Knees By Equipment'

Gary Player 'Sad Old Course Brought To Her Knees By Equipment'

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, conceived as a celebration of links golf, is played over three of the world's best known and respected links courses - the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.

"To win your first tournament here at the Home of Golf is fantastic, but to back it up and successfully defend around these three courses is unique and very, very special".

Hatton was relentless. Despite Ross Fisher mounting a final-day charge that would result in a 61 - a record for the Old Course - Hatton's lead was never in doubt.

And Hatton ensured he would achieve that feat and also broke the tournament's lowest 72-hole total with six birdies in a blemish-free round to finish on 24-under.

He birdied all but two of his outward nine holes and then managed four birdies in succession from the 12th over his inward half. The tournament, played across three different courses at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, is a great test. Hatton broke his duck there a year ago and retained his crown by three shots.

Scotland's Marc Warren and England's Robert Rock both carded final-round 66s to tie for fourth place with Frenchman Gregory Bourdy, who shot a 71 after starting the day as Hatton's closest challenger.

What a great round of golf from Fish, it's awesome. "Unfortunately I've got to sign for a 61 but I'll definitely take it!"

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Yet although Fisher made history, he was only second for the second year in a row, and it was Hatton who took the £595,000 first prize, taking his winnings in this event in two years to a cool £1.2 million.

"I feel like I can still salvage something from the rest of the year". Fisher settled for his third runner-up finish at this event and second in as many years.

"I'm pretty chuffed because after 28 holes this week after Carnoustie on day one and then 10 holes at Kingsbarns, I was four-over-par for the tournament". A par on the 16th hole, followed by a nifty up-and-down par save on the 17th (see below) left Fisher needing to eagle the drivable par-4 18th to break 60.

"You nearly want to keep going and I didn't want it to end".

"I caught fire a bit on the back nine as well". Victor Dubuisson shot 63, two players fired 65s, five more carded 66s and 10 others shot five-under 67s.

"Made myself very hard to catch, hopefully I can do that again tomorrow".

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