Tyrrell Hatton holds off record-breaking Ross Fisher to retain Alfred Dunhill Links crown

Tyrrell Hatton defended his Alfred Dunhill Links Championship title at St Andrews after a final round 66 secured a three-shot victory.

Tyrrell Hatton holds off record-breaking Ross Fisher to retain Alfred Dunhill Links crown

Tyrrell Hatton defended his Alfred Dunhill Links Championship title at St Andrews after a final round 66 secured a three-shot victory.

Defending champion Hatton, who began the day with a five-shot lead, held off the late challenge of Ross Fisher, whose brilliant 61 set a new course record, and Frenchman Victor Dubuisson to become the first man to retain the crown.

Paul Dunne finished best of the Irish on 13 under after a round of 70, while Graeme McDowell hit a 67 to finish on 11 under, one ahead of Shane Lowry.

Gavin Moynihan had an impressive 47th finish on eight under par, while Rory McIlroy has brought a troubled year to an end with a disappointing 72 on four under.

He is now set to take a number of months off ahead of the new season.

Hatton, 25, opened up a seven-shot lead with four birdies on the front nine and gained a further shot on the 14th - he dropped only two shots during the tournament - to finish three ahead of Fisher for his second European Tour title.

Fisher, who played himself into contention by gaining six shots in his last seven holes on Saturday, maintained his sizzling form by threatening to close with a record-breaking 59.

Fisher carded seven birdies on the front nine and hit four more successive birdies from the 12th to stand at 11 under, but fell short of the magical figure as he parred the final three holes.

Dubuisson had also set himself up for a chance of a new course record with three holes to play, having carded 10 birdies to stand 10 under after the 15th, but he three-putted the 16th to drop his first shot of the day and parred the last two holes for a nine-under 63.

Scotland's Marc Warren and England's Robert Rock both carded final-round 66s to tie for fourth place with Frenchman Gregory Bourdy, who shot a 71 after starting the day as Hatton's closest challenger.

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