Spotlight on Tyrrell Hatton
Back-to-back winner on the European Tour in October, Tyrrell Hatton, recently sat down with Golfing World's Anna Whiteley to discuss these two big wins, his emotional on-course outbursts and his Ryder Cup aspirations.
A little over a year ago Tyrrell Hatton landed his long awaited first European Tour victory in some style at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and 13 months on he is now a three-time winner on tour, a Rolex Series event winner and he can boast two consecutive top five finishes in the Race To Dubai.
Hatton's 2017 season started in the desert as he went in pursuit of a second success on tour to avenge his near-miss at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in 2016 but despite a couple of strong performances, in Dubai in particular, he had no such luck.
A spell in the States followed and during his trip into the unknown he demonstrated that he had what it takes to become a successful global player. Creditable performances in two WGC events (one in Mexico) and top five finishes at the Honda Classic and the Arnold Palmer Invitational were a statement of intent and there's no doubt he'll be keen to kick on and join the PGA TOUR's 'winners' circle' in the not too distant future.
Unfortunately for Hatton, as is often the case for someone adapting to their newfound status in the game, a summer of discontent followed and during this period we saw plenty of the mini-tantrums, which have been part and parcel of his career to date and have attracted some negative attention.
These outbursts of emotion are not something, to Hatton's credit, that he shies away from addressing. He is aware of the fire within him out on the course and acknowledges that he can at times boil over but it is clear that he believes this is a part of him and a part of the reason that he has become a success on tour.
During the week of his successful title-defence at the Dunhill Links we saw a completely different Tyrrell. Playing alongside actor Jamie Dornan, as he had when he won in 2016, Hatton was a picture of serenity as he cruised to a supreme second triumph on tour despite a late charge from his good friend and rival Ross Fisher.
A week later in Italy, where he was in chase-mode on the final day, the fire was back and we saw how his emotional approach to the game can be harnessed effectively. A five birdie burst in an explosive final seven holes saw him win a Rolex Series event for the first time and underline his status as one of the finest players in Europe.
Could some strong major championship showings, a first win on US soil or an even stronger crack at winning the Race To Dubai be lying in wait for Hatton in 2018? All of these are certainly well within his grasp if he can improve his consistency and a successful Ryder Cup debut could also be on the cards for the rising English talent.