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Record-breaking week ends with Hatton defending Dunhill Links

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Tyrrell Hatton became the first player to successfully defend the tournament which has been running since 2001.

Hatton carded a final-round 66 to reach 24-under-par and hold off the charge of Ross Fisher – who broke the course record with a 61 over St Andrews’ original links.

It is Hatton’s second European Tour victory.

Fisher finished three back on 21 under, while Victor Dubuisson, who has suffered a disappointing run of form since winning the Turkish Airlines Open in 2015, finished 3rd at 17 under. Marc Warren, Robert Rock and Gregory Bourdy shared 4th at 14 under.

At the other end of the leaderboard, Rory McIlroy’s final competitive round of 2017 was a disappointing 72 that saw him finish at 4-under in a tie for 63rd.

The Team Championship was won by Jamie Donaldson and Irish stud farm owner Kieran McManus thanks to a stunning 16-under-par final round of 56. It is the third time McManus has won the Dunhill Links team event.

Donaldson and McManus finished on 40-under-par, three clear of their nearest challengers – Rock and Brian McFadden, Dubuisson and Shantanu Narayen, and Yikeun Chang and Erwee Botha.

Well it has to be Fisher’s record-breaking round, doesn’t it?

And oh how much better it could have been. The 2010 Ryder Cup player had a putt for 59 on the Old Course’s famous 18th, but he left that short then missed his four-footer for 60.

Still, 61 still earns the 36-year-old a place in the Home of Golf’s history books.

According to the European Tour, there have been more than 13,300 professional rounds over the Old Course. None have been lower than Fisher’s.

Two days before, Tommy Fleetwood broke Carnoustie’s course record with a 63.

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