Tyrrell Hatton holds off Ross Fisher to retain Dunhill crown

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Ross Fisher set a course record at St Andrews, the spiritual home of golf, yesterday with an 11-under-par round of 61 in the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

As well as Fisher's 61 and Dubuisson's 63, two players shot 65, five shot 66 and 10 shot 67 on the par-72 layout.

Yet it was Hatton who commanded the field, holding a five shot lead heading in to the final day of the tournament and ending the day three shots clear of Fisher to win his second European Tour title.

"Any time you come down the 18th on the Old Course in a tournament on a Sunday afternoon at the Home of Golf, and cross the Swilken Bridge knowing you've made the cut and playing pretty well is something special", said Stone, victor of the 2016 BMW SA Open at Glendower and the 2017 Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek, after a closing 68 in this celebration of links golf also played on the nearby Carnoustie and KIngsbarns courses.

A product of Randpark, Michael was introduced to the game at just three years old by his father and grandfather but played all the sports, and as a youngster achieved provincial colours for soccer and national colours for baseball.

Hatton, who wins US$800,000, said: "I've got a new caddie on the bag at the moment, my good friend, Jonathan". Maybe that's just a bit more pressure on myself but I'm so happy that I managed to defend it and what a great week again.

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"It was very special because it was at the end of my season, and I played amazingly like the rest of the week but today it feels like all the putts went in", he said. I think the format is helping me. It felt like it was a lot harder today than it was past year.

One pairing ahead of him, Ross Fisher was producing one of the greatest rounds ever seen on the Old Course. "I got off to a fast start and made some early putts".

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. But to go out and shoot a score like that, with no bogeys...

"I didn't see a leaderboard until the 16 green and saw he was at -21, and I had a 15 minute wait on 17 which made the tee shot a little harder than I wanted to be", he admitted.

"So this old man is just trying to show them that I'm not over the hill yet".

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