Tyrrell Hatton carded a final-day 67 at Wentworth to claim victory at the BMW PGA Championship on 19-under par, four shots clear of France’s Victor Perez.
The win at the European Tour’s flagship event was a childhood dream of the Englishman, who will break into the world’s top 10 for the first time this evening.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Hatton, who will celebrate his 29th birthday on Tuesday. “This was a goal of mine to win this tournament in my career and part of me is sad I didn’t get to experience the crowds, but it’s just amazing to win this trophy.”
Hatton, who won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March – the final event before the COVID lockdown, entered Sunday’s finale in Surrey with a three-shot lead. But that advantage was quickly wiped out in the space of four holes as Perez birdied No. 2 and then made eagle on No. 4.
Hatton edged ahead with a birdie on the fifth, and then sealed the deal with a hat-trick of birdies on Nos. 9-11. He never looked back.
The win at the iconic Wentworth golf course was Hatton’s fifth European Tour title, and third Rolex Series title. He took home a first prize of €868,000.
Patrick Reed eagled the 18th for the second consecutive day to secure a T3 finish on 14-under par alongside England’s Andy Sullivan, who carded a low-round 65.
Final Top 5 Leaders
Pos-Player-To Par (Final Rd)
1. Tyrrell Hatton -19 (-5)
2. Victor Perez -15 (-4)
3. Andy Sullivan -14 (-7)
3. Patrick Reed -14 (-4)
4. Ian Poulter -13 (-4)
5. Eddie Pepperell -12 (-4)
Credit: Irish Times