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By : BGA Proshop
Englishman Tyrrell Hatton claims his first PGA Tour victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Hatton who had won four times on the European Tour took a two shot lead into the final round.
In swirly conditions, Hatton found the going tough at the start dropping 2 shots in his first 5 holes. He managed to steady the ship with birdies on the 7th and 8th to go out with an even 36.
The eventual runner up Mark Leishman did not fare much better on the front nine. Instead of putting pressure on Hatton he made double on the 3rd hole, bounced back with a birdie on the 4th but made bogey on the 6th and 8th only to rebound again on the 9th with a birdie. At the turn he was 4 back from Hatton.
President’s Cup hero, Sungjae Im was solid on the front nine gaining a shot on the leaders but roller coaster back nine which saw him make a double bogey, two bogeys and 2 birdies finished his tournament at 2 under and were still 2 shots back.
In the end it was a two horse race between Hatton and Leishman and when Hatton doubled the 11th and Leishman birdied the 12th the lead was down to one. Leishman bogeyed the 14th but picked up a birdie on the 16th and the lead was still one when two to play.
Leishman was unable to birdie any of his last two holes and Hatton didn’t drop and shot helping the Englishman claim his first PGA Tour victory.
“To hold on and win here at such an iconic venue,” Hatton said, “I’m over the moon.”
“Of all the courses on the PGA Tour, this is the last one you’d pick if you had a two-shot lead with three to go,” said Leishman, who signed for 1-over 73. “So Tyrell never gave up. He did what he needed to do there at the end.”