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By : BGA Proshop
Tyrrell Hatton wins the Turkish Open in a record-equalling six-man playoff and a $2 million dollar winners cheque.
It took four extra holes and even the floodlights had to be turned on before Hatton overcame Matthias Schwab to secure his fourth European Tour.
Hatton shot a final round 67 to get into the playoff with Schwab, Frenchmen Victor Perez and Benjamin Hebert, American Kurt Kitayama and South African Erik van Rooyen. After birdie on the first play off hole, Perez, Hebert and Van Rooyen were eliminated which left only 3. Kitayama was knocked out in the third after the lights were turned on.
“It's hard to put into words. It's just been a crazy day. Obviously, the playoff was mental, and I'm just so happy to win again” Hatton said.
“I said to my team that if I was lucky enough to win again, then I definitely would enjoy it more. I think it's easy to take for granted, and I mean that in the best terms possible. But yeah, it's incredible to get my fourth win on The European Tour and obviously that wraps up the Masters for next year, as well.”
After the play-off, all players were interviewed to get their thoughts.
"It's so surreal. I mean, I actually can't believe that I've won. You don't think about the money at all, it's all pride. It's a bonus at the end of it after a great week and I'm just so happy, I don't know what else to say. I was kind of getting in my own way with moaning about the little bit of mud on the ball from the fairway, and obviously it was just left in a dead spot. Mick (caddie) said, 'Yeah, chip it in.' I went back to when I was a kid at Harleyford just chipping away and you'd hole three in a row. That really focused me and it came out perfect. Amazing that it went in and just so thankful that I've gone on to win the title."
"It was a close call. I had some good looks and good chances coming down the stretch in regular play and didn't take advantage of them. In the play-off, it is what it is. It's still a second place finish, which is obviously not too bad but at the moment, it's not too great."
"It was a good week. It's always a good week to go to the play-off. The game was solid. My driving is not very good so I can't be aggressive from the tee and I'm always playing a little shy. It's a very consistent one and I'm still okay."
Erik van Rooyen
"What a way to finish. I'm obviously bleak about the tee shot I just hit in a play-off but what a week it's been. I'm really happy I gave myself a chance, that's what we did today. We got off to a hot start. I finished with an eagle on 18 to get in the play-off and that's what you want."
"It was pretty fun. A little disappointed but gave myself a couple of chances. It's too bad. To put myself right back in it today and to get myself a win would have been amazing. I'm pleased how today went. Obviously the ending was tough but overall, a great learning experience."
"I think if somebody would have told me at the start of the day I would have been into a play-off, I would have been delighted just to get into a play-off so very pleased with the event. Showed some form again on a scoreable but still difficult course and it's going to be a good preparation next week before Dubai."