Words by BGB Editorial
LONDON, England: Tyrrell Hatton realised a boyhood dream to secure the BMW PGA Championship on a tense final day at the historic Wentworth layout on Sunday.
The Englishman who already has two Rolex Series titles on his resume, add a third – and most satisfying – with a fine closing 67 to overcome the challenge of Frenchman Victor Perez who pushed Hatton all the way, but in the end finished in solo second on 15-under par, four behind the champion.
“It was definitely a goal in my career to win here and I’m very thankful that I managed to get the job done today.“Tyrrell Hatton
Fellow countryman Andy Sullivan moved through the field with a stunning low round of the day 65, finishing in a tie for third position a shot further back, alongside current Race to Dubai leader Patrick Reed (68).
But the day belonged to Hatton who gave a masterclass around – and on – the greens, rolling in six birdies, four – when the pressure was most intense – on a closing nine of 34.
“It’s a dream come true for me really,” said a delighted Hatton, who has spent the last eight months plying his trade on the PGA TOUR. “As a five-year-old walking around here I always wanted to be inside the ropes playing when I grew up.
“This is such a massive event and to get over the line and win here is such a special feeling.
“It was definitely a goal in my career to win here and I’m very thankful that I managed to get the job done today.
“Like I said yesterday I kind of expected someone to get off to a fast start and I just had to manage myself and not allow myself to get in my own way.
“It was a career goal to break inside the top ten in the World Rankings so to win here and achieve that in the same week is very special.
“I’ll take confidence from this win in the remainder of the season.”
Perez forced himself into contention with a dazzling opening nine of 31 that included an eagle at the par-five fourth and two unanswered birdies.
He pulled within one shot of the lead after rolling in a brace of birdies at 11 and 12, but lost momentum with a couple of bogeys over the closing holes as Hatton pulled away.
“I think credit to Tyrrell for playing well and I think he’s put on a show for everybody, played solid and he didn’t open the door much and everybody had to go get it.
“It’s been a positive week obviously.”
KIRADECH FINISHES TIED 40TH
Kiradech Aphibarnrat – the sole Thai representative after Jazz Janewattananond missed the halfway cut – closed out the event with a disappointing one-over par 73 for a share of 40th position on two-under par.