09:30AM, Thursday 08 March 2018
A bogey on the last cost Marlow’s Tyrrell Hatton a shot at a three-way play-off for the World Golf Championship (WGC) Mexico Championship on Sunday.
The Harleyford Golf Club member couldn’t hide his frustration when he miscued his approach on the 18th hole, while playing partner Phil Mickelson held his nerve from five feet to get a birdie.
A par at the first play-off hole saw the American edge out compatriot Justin Thomas to become the oldest winner of a WGC event. It was also his first victory at any tournament since he lifted The Open in 2013.
For Hatton this was another case of what might have been after a seven-under-par on the Saturday brought him right into contention for the title.
Hatton, Cabrera Bello and Mickelson all had spells out in front at the top of the leaderboard over the course of the four day event, and he gave himself a real shot of lifting the trophy with a birdie at 14th and an eagle from 11 feet on the 15th.
But, he was unable to get up and down for another birdie on the final hole to join Thomas and Mickleson in playing the extra holes. He finished tied for third on 15-under-par with Spain’s Bello.
Hatton reflected on Twitter: “Gutted about 18 yesterday.
“Second shot did the damage. Although I was getting frustrated out there, I’m happy with how I fought back on the back nine to get into contention.
“Appreciate the nice messages of support though so thank you all for that. Looking forward to a week off now.”
Hatton is up to 13th in the new world rankings, and is also on the rise to third – with 739,700 rank- ing points – in the Race to Dubai. His last four tournaments have seen him finish eighth, 15th, third and third again.
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