Hatton Wins at Dunhill and Gary Player Speaks on Golf Technology
In the European Tour’s nod to the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship was concluded on the Old Course and with a win from a familiar champion. Tyrell Hatton defended his win with a three stroke buffer and a tournament record 24 under par for the week.
Runner up, Ross Fisher, shot a course record 61 which included a three-putt on 18 for a closing par.
A final day that did not emit the harsh weather that St Andrews is used to, gave the players an opportunity to go-low. The leading 11 finishers were a cumulative 62 under par in their final rounds which got Gary Player speaking out on Twitter.
Player is referring to the impact of technology in the game and how it makes legendary courses less relevant in competition. Understandable statement, but technology won’t be slowing down so we have to accept the new reality and welcome the low scores on the courses not equipped with the distance needed to challenge the pros.
The playing conditions at St Andrews were also not set to Open Championship standards where pins are tighter and winds are higher, so let’s not give up on the Home of Golf’s relevance on Tour just yet.