European Tour

Hatton set to defend Italian Open crown

2018-04-17 12:15
Tyrrell Hatton (Getty Images)

Cape Town - World No 17 Tyrrell Hatton has confirmed he will defend his title at the Italian Open at Gardagolf Country Club from May 31 - June 3.

The Englishman coolly rolled in his birdie putt from 15 feet at the 72nd hole to clinch the trophy by a single shot in 2017, claiming his first Rolex Series win, and second consecutive European Tour victory having won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship the previous week.

The 26-year-old will tee it up alongside home favourite and two-time Italian Open champion Francesco Molinari in the picturesque surroundings of Lake Garda for the 75th edition of the historic tournament, which returns to Gardagolf Country Club for the first time in 15 years.

Hatton has continued his impressive run of form in 2018, posting three top ten finishes, including tied third at the WGC-Mexico Championship, and third at the Dubai Desert Classic to sit in third position in the Race to Dubai Rankings.

"I'm really looking forward to making the trip back to Italy," said the three-time European Tour winner.

"I have so many good memories of the week last year in Milan, it was surreal to win twice on the European Tour, and something I will never forget.

"Winning an event like the Italian Open, a tournament with such a long and rich history, and to do it on the way I did on the final hole was pretty special. It is going to be different defending a title at a new course, but I'm looking forward to the challenge.

"It was an unbelievable feeling when that putt dropped on 18. I knew I needed to birdie the last to win the tournament, and I gave myself a chance to do that with a 15-foot putt up the hill, and I was very happy to see that one drop.

"Finishing with five birdies and that putt, it is hard to describe the feeling really. I'm not one normally to fist pump or anything like that, but it just seemed like the right thing to do."

The Italian Open continues to flourish as one of the eight tournaments which form the prestigious Rolex Series - the premium category of tournaments on the European Tour's international schedule, all with a minimum prize fund of $7 million.

Read more on:    european tour  |  tyrrell hatton  |  golf
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights

Vote

Which is your favourite event on the golfing calendar?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.