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Bjerregaard Captures Alfred Dunhill Links Championship After Hatton Collapses

Lucas Bjerregaard fired a final-round 67 on the Old Course at St Andrews to capture his second European Tour title at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Lucas Bjerregaard Wins Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
Lucas Bjerregaard poses with the trophy on The Swilcan Bridge after winning the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course on Oct. 7, 2018 in St Andrews, Scotland. Photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images

The 27-year old Dane entered the day four back of Tyrrell Hatton, and was six off the pace through six holes, as the Englishman turned in 4-under 32, and appeared set to win his third straight title at the Old Course. But two late bogeys on Nos. 15 and 16 saw Hatton sign off on a back-nine 40 and an even-par round of 72, good for a 14 under total, one off Bjerregaard, who was in the clubhouse at 15 under, following a final-hole birdie.

“I’m getting a little emotional,” said Bjerregaard. “It’s been a great year and now it’s just a whole lot better.

“It didn’t really look like I was ever in it today, it looked like Tyrrell was going to take off with it. I was trucking away at it. I’ve been playing well for a little while and I played really well today and I’m really pleased that it was enough.”

Lucas Bjerregaard Wins Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
Lucas Bjerregaard reacts after victory at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course on Oct. 7, 2018 in St Andrews, Scotland. Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Bjerregaard, who won his maiden title last fall at the Portugal Masters, entered the tournament off four-straight top-20 finishes, including three top 10s (T20, 2, 6, T9). He will now move into the top ten in the Race to Dubai Rankings, and is expected to land somewhere between 50-55 in the world rankings.

The 26-year old Hatton finished T2, alongside compatriot, and Ryder Cup teammate, Tommy Fleetwood (69). The Englishmen were two clear of Finn Tapio Pulkkanen (69), who signed for a 12 under total.

Chinese Haotong Li (66) and Italian Andrea Pavan (72) tied for fifth at 10-under par, one clear of Irishman Padraig Harrington (69), Aussie Lucas Herbert (70), and American Brooks Koepka (72).


2018 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship


FINAL TOP 10

Pos-Player-To Par-(Final Rd)
1. Lucas Bjerregaard -15 (-5)
2. Tommy Fleetwood -14 (-3)
2. Tyrrell Hatton -14 (E)
4. Tapio Pulkkanen -12 (-3)
5. Haotong Li -10 (-6)
5. Andrea Pavan -10 (E)
7. Padraig Harrington -9 (-3)
7. Lucas Herbert -9 (-2)
7. Brooks Koepka -9 (E)
10. Nacho Elvira -8 (-3)
10. Peter Hanson -8 (-3)
10. Tony Finau -8 (-2)
10. Andy Sullivan -8 (-2)
10. Nicolas Colsaerts -8 (-1)
10. Tom Lewis -8 (-1)
10. Brandon Stone -8 (+1)
10. Matthias Schwab -8 (+1)
10. Stephen Gallacher -8 (+3)
10. Marcus Fraser -8 (+5)

OTHER NOTABLES

Pos-Player-To Par-(Final Rd)
28. Matt Kuchar -5 (+1)
28. Matt Wallace -5 (-2)
48. Ernie Els -2 (+2)
55. Branden Grace -1 (+3)
60. Thomas Pieters +3 (+7)


THE EARLY ROUNDS

A look at how Lucas Bjerregaard made his move to the winner’s circle.

ROUND 1
Pos-Player-To Par
1. Marcus Fraser -4
1. Matt Wallace -4
3. Five Tied -3
8. Lucas Bjerregaard -2

ROUND 2
Pos-Player-To Par-(Rd)
1. Lucas Bjerregaard -9 (-7)
1. Andrea Pavan -9 (-9)
3. Tyrrell Hatton -8 (-6)
3. Marcus Fraser -8 (-4)
3. Matthias Schwab -8 (-5)

ROUND 3
Pos-Player-To Par-(Rd)
1. Tyrrell Hatton -14 (-6)
2. Marcus Fraser -13 (-5)
3. Stephen Gallacher -11 (-6)
3. Tommy Fleetwood -11 (-5)
5. Lucas Bjerregaard -10 (-3)

ROUND 4
Pos-Player-To Par-(Rd)
1. Lucas Bjerregaard -15 (-5)
2. Tommy Fleetwood -14 (-3)
2. Tyrrell Hatton -14 (E)


TOP CHECK CASHERS

1. Lucas Bjerregaard $800,000
2. Tommy Fleetwood $416,905
2. Tyrrell Hatton $416,905


SOCIAL CLIP


QUOTABLE

“I’m getting a little emotional. It’s been a great year and now it’s just a whole lot better.”
– Lucas Bjerregaard


Credit: European Tour


Jeff Smith

Jeff is a writer and content producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is working on a book, documenting the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the major golf tours.

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