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Tyrrell Hatton
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Tyrrell Hatton: the season so far

by Dave Tindall
Updated On: April 1, 2020, 1:23 pm ET

Age: 28

 

World ranking (current/end of year)

Current: 21st
2019: 32nd
2018: 23rd
2017: 16th
2016: 24th

 

Current 2020 Stats

FedEx Cup Rank: 14th
Events: 4
Wins: 1
Top 10: 3
Top 25: 4
Made Cut: 5
Money: $2,460,479

 

Strokes Gained

Off-The-Tee: 12th (2019: 69th, 2018: 78th, 2017: -)
Approach: 1st (2019: 61st, 2018: 72nd, 2017: -)
Around The Green: 12th (2019: 21st, 2018: 29th, 2017: -)
Putting: 32nd (2019: 145th, 2018: 35th, 2017: -)
Tee-To-Green: 1st (2019: 34th, 2018: 40th, 2017: -)
Total: 1st (2019: 55th, 2018: 26th, 2017: -)

 

Analysis

Okay, he's only played four events but it's been a fantastic start to the season: T6 at THE CJ CUP, T14 at the WGC-HSBC Champions, T6 at the WGC-Mexico and his breakthrough first PGA TOUR win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Statistically, his numbers are superb: 1st for SG: Approach, Tee-To-Green and SG: Total. Add in impressive Off-The-Tee, Around-The Green and Putting figures and everything is working. Apart from his putting which dipped last year but has bounced back, Hatton's stats show year-on-year improvement since he first dipped his toe on the PGA TOUR in 2017 and made an impact with top fours at the Honda and Bay Hill (note him in Florida!). Finally, stretch back to late September and, across both PGA and European Tours, he has two wins, two other top sixes and three further top 20s in his last eight worldwide starts. The image of Hatton being a hot-head who beats himself up too readily is true - he admits as much - but the bottom line is that he knows how to get it done.

Grade so far: A- 

 

Tyrrell Hatton 2020 quotes

WGC-Mexico (speaking on Feb 20 about the wrist injury that delayed his start to 2020): “I've only been back hitting balls for the last three and a half weeks, so it was a long layoff. It's still not 100 percent, to be perfectly honest. I've still got a little twinge there, but I'm hoping that obviously now I'm back playing, kind of it'll ease up. It is just going to take time. The recovery was a bit longer than we thought it would be. Obviously I was hoping to start my season in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, but this week is a good test for it, give myself four competitive rounds and see how I feel at the end of it. So I don't want to kind of push it too much if it's a little bit sensitive at the end of the week, but I don't think it will be. It's just a case of kind of getting back out and playing again."

Arnold Palmer Invitational (after being told the win gives him a three-year exemption): “A three year exemption? Wow. That's amazing. So obviously I kind of know where I'm at now for a while, which is great and hopefully I can push on and keep climbing the FedExCup. Coming into this week I didn't have any exemptions, so when the season starts you are kind of just playing to keep your status for the following year.”

Arnold Palmer Invitational (on winning with 4-under): "I think players kind of would look back at this week and it's nice to play something different. Most weeks it's not target golf, but the scores are super low. And this ended up sort of feeling like a major with the setup and how firm the greens were and it was just, it was hard to hit it close."

Arnold Palmer Invitational (on managing his emotions): "Well I think throughout the whole week at Bay Hill I managed myself pretty well, which is always one of the hardest things for me. So that was obviously something that I would like to continue, and obviously I'm human so I'm going to make mistakes along the way, and yeah, there's probably going to be weeks where I'll have some blowups but hopefully that's kind of few and far between. Obviously I've won in Europe before, so obviously I know I can get over the line."

 

THE MAJORS (most recent result on the left)

The Masters: 56-44-MC

It's fair to say he hasn't quite worked out Augusta National since making his debut in 2017. He's made his last two cuts at least although a Sunday 70 in 2018 is his only under-par round in ten laps of the course. 

PGA Championship: 48-10-MC-10-25

His best major so far. Hatton is 4-for-5, starting out with T25 at Whistling Straits and adding a pair of T10s at Baltusrol in 2016 and Bellerive in 2018. Take out the Masters and he has a combined five top ten finishes in his last 11 starts in the other three majors. Impressive.

U.S. Open: 21-6-MC

After a missed cut at Erin Hills in 2017, Hatton flourished at Shinnecock in 2018, closing with 69 to take tied sixth. A pair of weekend 69s saw him add T21 at Pebble Beach last year. Winning Bay Hill with 4-under suggests he can do well in this event if set-ups are tough. That's already played out with his strong performance at Shinnecock where the winning score was +1.

Open Championship: 6-51-MC-5--MC-MC-MC-DNP-MC

As a younger golfer, Hatton struggled in his home Open but the Englishman now has two top sixes in the last four editions after finishing T5 at Royal Troon in 2016 and T6 at Royal Portrush last summer. "I've done well on links courses in the past. I think my best performances are on links courses. So I've played a lot of links as an amateur," he said back in 2016. Since then, he's totally validated those comments with back-to-back wins in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in 2016 and 2017 along with a second place in 2018.

Dave Tindall
Dave Tindall is former golf editor at Sky Sports.com in the UK and has been writing betting previews for the European Tour since 1997. He can be reached via e-mail on tindall_david@hotmail.com and on Twitter @davetindallgolf.