Tyrrell Hatton holds off Ross Fisher charge to retain Dunhill Links Championship crown

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Tyrrell Hatton claimed his second European Tour title with victory at the Dunhill Links Championship (Source: Getty)

England's Tyrrell Hatton became the first man to defend the Dunhill Links Championship title after firing a six-under 66 to claim a three-shot victory at St Andrews yesterday.

World No29 Hatton, who has now won two European Tour titles, finished the week on 24 under, which broke the tournament’s lowest 72-hole total.

Starting the day five shots clear, Hatton, 25, defied the challenge of fellow countryman Ross Fisher, who set a new course record with an 11-under 61 to claim second place.

In his final scheduled competition of the year, world No6 Rory McIlroy carded a level-par 72 to finish 20 strokes behind Hatton. It is set to be McIlroy’s first campaign since 2008 in which he has failed to win a title.

“My final round of 2017 kind of summed up all of 2017, with not much happening either good or bad and I was sort of stuck in neutral,” said McIlroy.

“I will not start hitting balls until the end of November, so the next few weeks is about rehab and being in the gym and getting my body right so that I will be right to go into that practice and start 2018 strongly.”