Golf: Hatton wins six-man playoff below floodlights to carry Turkish Open title


FILE PHOTO: Golf – The 148th Open Championship – Royal Portrush Golf Membership, Portrush, Northern Eire – July 19, 2019 England’s Tyrrell Hatton through the second spherical Information/Paul Childs

(Information) – England’s Tyrrell Hatton beat Austria’s Matthias Schwab on the fourth playoff gap to clinch his second Rolex Collection title on the Turkish Airways Open in Antalya on Sunday after a dramatic six-man playoff.

For the primary time at an expert golf event, the floodlights have been switched on on the Montgomerie Maxx Royal golf course for the playoff because the six golfers battled for the $2 million prize cash.

Hatton, in a single day chief Schwab, American Kurt Kitayama, South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen and Frenchmen Victor Perez and Benjamin Hebert entered the playoff after all of them completed with a 20-under total rating after 72 holes.

“It’s so surreal, I truly can’t imagine that I’ve received,” Hatton mentioned. “It’s been fairly a troublesome 12 months when it comes to issues taking place astray. The final month I really feel like I’ve actually discovered my sport once more.

“I mentioned to my staff that if I used to be fortunate sufficient to win once more, I’d positively savour the second as a result of it’s fairly straightforward to take it without any consideration. Sport’s nice when it’s going effectively and when it’s not going effectively, it hits dwelling.”

In a single day chief Schwab, who led the sector on every of the primary three days, had the possibility to clinch the title on the 18th with a birdie however completed with a par rating on the opening to arrange the six-way playoff — solely the third in European Tour historical past.

Six turned three when Perez, Van Rooyen and Hebert have been eradicated on the primary playoff gap whereas Hatton’s sensational birdie chip from the sting of the inexperienced noticed him stay in competition.

Because the floodlights got here on within the Turkish twilight, it was Schwab’s flip to impress on the third further gap with a 20-footer from the sting of the inexperienced to remain alive together with Hatton whereas Kitayama bowed out after lacking his shot.

Hatton completed the fourth further gap on par after lacking a birdie putt earlier than Schwab agonizingly missed his putt for par from a couple of toes out, with the bogey handing Hatton — who regarded on in disbelief — his fourth win on the European Tour.

Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Toby Davis