Hatton completes Alfred Dunhill double

Tommy Fleetwood

It was Englishman Tyrrell Hatton's week as the 25-year-old Englishman won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with a record 24-under-par 264 aggregate after a 66 on the Old Course on Sunday, to become the first player in the 17-year history of the tournament to successfully defend the title after his victory at the same venue 12 months ago.

Starting the day eight strokes back of eventual victor Tyrell Hatton, Fisher opened with seven birdies on the front nine to turn in 29, then made four straight birdies on Nos.

Speaking afterwards, Hatton said: "I didn't see a leaderboard on the back nine until the 16th green, when I saw he (Fisher) was at 21 (under) and I was thinking how well he was going".

Dubuisson joined Fisher in turning in 29 with birdies on the second and third and five in a row from the fifth, and when he also made gains on the 11th, 14th and 15th, he was on the brink of history.

"I feel like I can still salvage something from the rest of the year. So I stayed focused and I stayed patient, a very good week".

"When you get St. Andrews on a day like this, it's definitely scoreable, but you still have to hit the shots", he said.

"I'm not going to leave any stone unturned and do everything I can to get back to the best player in the world".

Gary Player spoke out Sunday about technological advances to the golf ball and equipment after Ross Fisher torched The Old Course at St. Andrews to the tune of a new course record.

Scotland's Marc Warren and England's Robert Rock both carded final-round 66s to tie for fourth place with Frenchman Gregory Bourdy, who shot a 71 after starting the day as Hatton's closest challenger. "I managed to give him a little bit to think about coming down the stretch".

English trio Oliver Fisher, Eddie Pepperell and Luke Donald joined Dunne and Alexander Levy on 13 under, while McIlroy mixed two birdies with two bogeys to end the week in a share of 63rd spot. But to go out and shoot a score like that, with no bogeys... "Looks like I'll finish second on my own". Dubuisson finished with a 63 and was third, seven shots off Hatton.

Jack Nicklaus has spoken on the golf ball for years, with a strong opinion that today's version goes too far.

Another point to make would be that Ross Fisher shot 11-under-par thanks to a hot putter and an electric short game, not just because of long-hitting.

"I'm a much better player now than I was in 2010 and 2012 when I was able to win a couple of majors", he said.

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