Turkish Open: Tyrrell Hatton wins six-man play-off

Carrie Guzman
November 11, 2019

Austrian player Matthias Schwab, Benjamin Hebert and Victor Perez from France, Hatton, Kurt Kitayama from the US, and South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen competed in Sunday's playoff.

"Normally I'm quite a negative person, but in the last month or so I've actually felt quite confident", Hatton said, although he still bristled at being described as happy-go-lucky. He also gets a first prize of $ 2m (£ 1.57m) with the five runners-up raising around $ 430,000 (£ 336,595).

Perez, Van Rooyen and Hebert were the first to fall away after failing to match the birdie fours made by Hatton, Schwab and Kitayama. He did not putt with his putter on the third hole; he putted with a wedge.

Hatton looked in danger of an early exit as well after a clumsy third shot from the back of the green, only to then chip in from 40 feet for an unlikely birdie which was matched by Kitayama.

Birdies from Hatton and Schwab then sent Kitayama packing the next time around, as six became two in tense scenes in Antalya.

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But moments later he was celebrating victory after Schwab missed from close range for par after being on the back edge of the green in two. "It's been quite a hard year in terms of things happening off course, and you know, the last month, I feel like I really found my game again".

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Hatton will be back up to around 30th in the rankings thanks to his win and, and after rising to sixth in the Race to Dubai, he is now looking forward to playing in the DP World Tour Championship - as well as next year's Masters - after taking next week off to rest his troublesome wrist. It's such an fantastic tournament, and you know, I can't wait to get that Masters invite through the post again.

"The game plan is going to be the same as it's been the last three days", said the 24-year-old, who has secured nine top-10 finishes this season. "I had some good looks and good chances coming down the stretch in regular play, and didn't take advantage of them".

When asked how he was feeling after Schwab said: "Well, not too great, obviously".

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