Hatton wins Your Golf Travel Classic

Tyrrell Hatton won the Your Golf Travel Classic after carding a three-under-par Final Round of 67 at Bovey Castle on Friday.

Hatton (Harleyford Golf Club) began the final day of the 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour event three shots behind leader Stuart Manley (Machynys Peninsula) but capitalised as one of only two golfers in the top ten to score below par for his final round.

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His total of -12 beat joint second-placed Manley and Martin LeMesurier (South Winchester Golf Club) by three shots with the help of birdies at 16 and 17.

Manley began the Final Round with a one-shot lead but four bogeys on the front nine saw him sign for 73 and he concluded the event in tied for second with a score of nine under par.

LeMesurier, winner at Lingfield Park three weeks ago, started the day 11 under par and at one stage he held a four-shot lead but four bogeys on the last 10 left him to sign for a 72.

Mark Laskey (Brocket Hall) was the only top-ten finisher other than Hatton to achieve a below-par Final Round. He carded 68 to finish fourth on eight under.

Michael McGeady (McCambridge Duffy), tied for third overnight, shot a Final Round of 72 to finish seven under in fifth with Stuart Archibald (media-tactics) and Tom Haylock (Red Golf Management) tied for sixth on six under.

Haylock got his day off to a promising start with three consecutive birdies from the fourth. But another birdie at the ninth and an eagle at the 12th were mixed with four bogeys and two double bogeys and he concluded the day two over the card with 72.

Having been victorious at Qualifying School in April this was Hatton’s first win on the Tour proper and afterwards he admitted he knew he’d need a good final round if he was to be victorious.

“At the start of the day I knew I needed to shoot a good number to catch the leaders,” he said. “They had been playing very well in the first two rounds so I assumed they would go well again. But you can only control what your own ball does so I just went out there to try my best and see what would happen.

“There was a point about halfway through my round when I saw the scoreboard outside the clubhouse and realised that Martin [LeMesurier] had a four-shot lead. If I’m honest I thought I was playing for second place at that point. There was a large group of us between seven and nine under so I had to knuckle down for second place.

“A big turning point for me was at the 12th where I holed a good ten-foot putt for birdie to tie level for the lead. Then at 13 slightly pulled my tee shot. It hit the right side of the tree but kicked 20 yards left into an upslope with bushes around.

“I felt a bit unlucky there but chipped out onto the fairway and got up and down from 111yards, so making par there kept me going.”


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