Tyrrell Hatton has been dreaming about winning at Wentworth Club since he was a young boy, roaming around the famous course and, on Sunday, that dream became wonderfully true.
The Englishman secured a very impressive victory at the BMW PGA Championship in his fifth career win on the European Tour.
Hatton shot rounds of 66, 67, 69 and 67 to claim a three-shot victory over Frenchman Victor Perez and it’s fair to say the win meant a lot to the 28-year-old from Buckinghamshire.
‘It’s a dream come true for me, really. As a five-year-old, obviously walking around here, I always wanted to be inside the ropes playing when I grew up,’ said Hatton on Sunday.
‘This is just such a massive event, and to kind of get over the line and win here is such a special feeling. It was definitely a goal in my career to win here. I’m very thankful that I managed to get the job done today.
‘Although I didn’t know that I had a three-shot lead playing the last hole, I was pretty nervous there, and the second shot that we’ve hit into the last is probably the worst shot in the history of the tournament for the champion.
‘So it is what it is. I’m kind of glad that I followed it up with a nice up-and-down. My short game has been really good all week, and just a nice way to sign off.’
The victory moved Hatton inside the top 10 on the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time in his career, making him determined to build on his most recent success.
‘I’ve been fortunate to win a European Tour event. I’ve been fortunate to win a Rolex Series Event, and on the PGA Tour, and so I feel the next step for me, it would be nice to obviously win a WGC and then a Major. That would be very special. It is very hard to win tournaments. You just have to, and golf is a funny game. You have to go out each week, try your best, and some weeks work out better than others.
‘Some weeks, it’s your week and you need a little bit of luck along the way, and I think as of each year I’ve played on The European Tour, you just have that bit more experience, and the biggest thing for me is just not getting in my own way, and if I can do that, then hopefully I should be able to play well and give someone a good game coming down the stretch,’ he added.
The Tour will now head to Fairmont St Andrews in Scotland this week for the Scottish Championship presented by AXA.