World No. 16 Tyrrell Hatton birdied two of his final three holes for a 1-under-par 37-34=71 in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to wrap his tourney debut on 9-under 279, down one spot into a two-way T4, two in arrears of champion and playing competitor Marc Leishman, who shot 69. UPDATE: With 340 non-member FedExCup points, Hatton is now eligible for Special Temporary Membership.
This was the 25-year-old's 14th career TOUR start (13 pro) and eighth top 25, five for top 10s. It was his fourth start of the season, fourth top 25, and third straight top 10, tying a career-TOUR-best T4 at The Honda Classic (on a sponsor exemption). After opening laps of 72-69-67, the Englishman began in a three-way T3, three back of 54-hole co-leaders Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman. Playing out of the penultimate twosome, he striped 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 11 greens in regulation, losing -0.772 strokes around-the-green and -0.183 in SG: Putting. The 1-time European Tour winner in 92 career events (2016 Alfred Dunhill Links), circled five birdies, four from inside of six feet, including a walk-off 3 at 18 from 5'4". He took some luster off with four bogeys, three failed scrambles and a 3-putt at the par-3 seventh (from 49'4"). This is Hatton's 11th consecutive top-25 finish worldwide, eight of which are top 10s.