American golf fans may have noticed an unfamiliar name on the periphery of the leaderboard’s first page at the last two majors.
It is someone who finished T5 at The Open Championship and T10 at the PGA Championship.
It is an English golfer, whose recent precipitous rise to the upper echelon of the golf world has been overshadowed by Beef-mania.
That name? Tyrrell Hatton.
The 24-year-old from Buckinghamshire will be teeing it up on American soil for the first time at a non-major this week at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut. His name is likely to become ubiquitous on leaderboards and in Ryder Cup tales for a long time. Here is what you should know about him:
1. He is in the midst of a breakthrough season
Hatton, a European Tour regular, is the world’s 52nd ranked golfer, and currently holds the 8th spot on the Race to Dubai standings, ahead of accomplished golfers such as Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, and Shane Lowry.
He also ranks high in a number of European Tour statistics:
Stroke average: 70.29 (4th)
Scrambling: 61.5% (13th)
One-Putt %: 6.48 (15th)
Hatton has tallied six top 10-finishes in just 16 events, with a high finish of solo second at the Scottish Open. His recent form has been especially blistering with six finishes of 20th or better in his last eight tournaments.
2. He comes up big in big events
In addition to his T5 at The Open Championship, where he was 11th in fairways hit, and his T10 at The PGA Championship, where he finished T9 in GIR and had the fewest bogeys (3) in the field, Hatton also finished T7 at the BMW PGA Championship back in late May, Europe’s flagship event.
3. He makes fitness a priority
This is a video of Hatton being that guy we all hate at the gym, partially because we’re jealous that he is able to lift way more than us, and partially because he’s hoarding the plates.
He does not just go to the gym; he lifts with purpose, and has a fitness regimen and strategy. He hired a certified “golf fitness expert”, who works with him on strength and conditioning related to the game.
This is a video of his trainer, Jake Bailey, working with him on rotary core strength.
Working on rotary core strength with @thatton91 as he prepares for the KLM open. #SMARTtips #golffit #persueperformance #golffitness #golf #JBP
Posted by Jake Bailey Performance on Friday, August 28, 2015
Hatton might have the advantage of being young and able to recover quickly, but he has still been durable, and his fitness likely plays a large role in that.
4. You wouldn’t want to play him in bumper pool
That is some impressive precision. And speaking of being precise, he also nailed the flagstick on a nearest to the pin competition at The Travelers.
Pretty accurate on this one too:
Tyrell Hatton knows how to channel his frustrations about a missed putt. (h/t @Adam_Sarson) pic.twitter.com/516K8ofZoh
— GOLF.com (@GOLF_com) August 15, 2015
5. He started young
These are his clubs from when he was three:
He even owns a mini green jacket, awarded to him at a youth competition. His father, who doubles as his coach, got him involved in golf very early. With 21 years of repetition of good habits, he plays older (in the sense of being wise) than he is.
6. He stars in a number of instructional videos for Hilton
Hilton is one of his biggest sponsors, but he is also an official charity sponsor for Sue Ryder, which specializes in hospice care.
7. His favorite color seems to be purple
Hatton incorporates purple into many of the things he enjoys, and often stands out on the course by wearing it.
Hatton is more knowledgeable of fashion than the average golfer. He is a spokesperson for J. Lindeburg golf apparel, and his girlfriend has a fashion degree.
He also owns at least one purple Xbox controller:
He even held a contest at the beginning of the season, giving a prize to whichever of his fans designed him the best ball marker.
Competition: My season starts tomorrow, I need a new ball marking (has to be purple)
Send me your designs, winner gets a prize@EuropeanTour
— Tyrrell Hatton (@TyrrellHatton) January 13, 2016
8. He is a great follow on social media
As a European Tour member, Hatton travels extensively, and frequently shares the views and backdrops on instagram. He appears to have a good sense of humor, and genuinely tries to bring his fans into his experiences.
Practice and pro am done, looking forward to playing my 3rd @OmegaDDC @JLindeberg_Golf
Course is in great condition! pic.twitter.com/e1pynrdV1m
— Tyrrell Hatton (@TyrrellHatton) February 3, 2016