FILE PHOTO: Golfing – The 148th Open Championship – Royal Portrush Golfing Membership, Portrush, Northern Eire – July 19, 2019 England’s Tyrrell Hatton all through the second one spherical REUTERS/Paul Childs
(Reuters) – England’s Tyrrell Hatton beat Austria’s Matthias Schwab at the fourth playoff hollow to clinch his 2d Rolex Sequence identify on the Turkish Airways Open in Antalya on Sunday after a dramatic six-man playoff.
For the primary time at a certified golfing match, the floodlights had been switched on on the Montgomerie Maxx Royal golfing route for the playoff because the six golfers battled for the $2 million prize cash.
Hatton, in a single day chief Schwab, American Kurt Kitayama, South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen and Frenchmen Victor Perez and Benjamin Hebert entered the playoff when they all completed with a 20-under general ranking after 72 holes.
“It’s so surreal, I in reality can’t imagine that I’ve gained,” Hatton mentioned. “It’s been relatively a hard yr in the case of issues going down off route. The closing month I think like I’ve in reality discovered my sport once more.
“I mentioned to my crew that if I used to be fortunate sufficient to win once more, I’d surely savour the instant as it’s relatively simple to take it as a right. Game’s nice when it’s going neatly and when it’s now not going neatly, it hits house.”
In a single day chief Schwab, who led the sector on every of the primary 3 days, had the danger to clinch the identify at the 18th with a birdie however completed with a par ranking at the hollow to arrange the six-way playoff — simplest the 3rd in Eu Excursion historical past.
Six was 3 when Perez, Van Rooyen and Hebert had been eradicated at the first playoff hollow whilst Hatton’s sensational birdie chip from the brink of the fairway noticed him stay in rivalry.
Because the floodlights got here on within the Turkish twilight, it was once Schwab’s flip to provoke at the 3rd further hollow with a 20-footer from the brink of the fairway to stick alive in conjunction with Hatton whilst Kitayama bowed out after lacking his shot.
Hatton completed the fourth further hollow on par after lacking a birdie putt prior to Schwab agonizingly overlooked his putt for par from a couple of toes out, with the bogey handing Hatton — who regarded on in disbelief — his fourth win at the Eu Excursion.
Reporting through Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Enhancing through Toby Davis