Hatton holds his nerve in six-way Turkish Open play-off

Tyrrell Hatton

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.

Former US Open champion Kaymer wasn't sure if Pepperell had hit four or five balls, but thought it was five.

Pepperell is likely to fined by the European Tour for the incident, something Hatton has experience of after acts of petulant on-course behaviour, including smashing a tee marker to pieces at the World Cup in Melbourne in November 2018. "I only watched it on television, in 'Tin Cup.' This is the first time I have seen it live".

"He did not ask if he could borrow one from me or George", he continued. "I had some good looks and good chances coming down the stretch in regular play, and didn't take advantage of them". The putting is the one thing I've kind of struggled with a little bit. "The first time I was in contention I was anxious, I was shaking with the putter at the British Masters". Obviously I do have some good memories with that and hopefully it can provide some magic tomorrow'.

It was Hatton's first win in over two years since the Italian Open in 2017 and came after he survived four brutal playoff rounds and a final hole shoot out against Austrian Schwab.

Schwab had been co-leader with Englishman Tom Lewis after the first round and then led on his own from the second round until the final hole of the final round when he found himself heading for the playoff. I'll just stay aggressive, keep the driver in the hands, keep attacking pins while be sensible what pins I will attack.

This saw Schwab re-enter the picture but he missed a short putt for par and handed victory to his opponent.

"That's not including the other putts that I feel like I missed or stuff I let get away. It's out there, especially with how benign the wind has been and how warm, so the ball is travelling". The 28-year-old went for the green with his second shot only to see his ball find the water.

French pair Victor Perez (65) and Benjamin Hebert (67), and South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen (65) had all finished tied on 20 under to set up the third six-man playoff in European Tour history.

"I'm just going to stick to my game plan, being aggressive on approach shots and driver off nearly every tee. It's a special feeling, and obviously just a bonus with what comes with doing well".



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