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Hatts off to Tyrrell - local hero wins again!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Local hero and friend of the shop Tyrrell Hatton continued his scintillating form this week on tour as he claimed a 1 stroke victory in the Italian Open, fending off perennial runner up Ross Fisher, at the Parco Reale di Monza. 

Whilst our thoughts must go out to Fisher, who became the first man in the history of golf to shoot -20 in two tournaments in a row and not win either, nothing can be taken away from the sublime performance of Hatton. A back 9 of 30 included a 4 birdie streak and a stellar 30ft birdie putt on the 18th to claim victory. What a feeling that must've been! This writer would be as ecstatic if the odd 3ft par putt dropped in...

His second win in as many weeks sends Hatton up to 5th in the Race to Dubai, and hot on the heels of leader Tommy Fleetwood, as well as the likes of Sergio Garcia and John Rahm. The season's last few events are shaping up very nicely: the upcoming tournament is the catchily named "The Andalucia Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation". (Almost as concise as the "Justin Timberlake Presents the Shriner's Hospitals for Children Open"...)

You have to think the main man Sergio is a hot favourite for this event, in his homeland and playing one of his favourite courses. However the pressures of hosting these types of events can take their toll, with added media responsibilities and having to look like you're enjoying yourself all the time, regardless of how many short putts you miss.

Equipment wise, Hatton trusted his set comprised mainly of Ping:

Driver: Ping G400 LST 8.5°, with Mitsubishi Fubuki K 60X shaft

3 wood: 2016 TaylorMade M2 16.5°, with Graphite Design Tour AD-BB 7X

Utility: Ping G400 4-iron, with Project X 6.0 shaft

Irons (4-PW): Ping i200, with Project X 6.0 shafts

Wedges: Ping Vault 2.0 50° and 54°, Titleist Vokey SM6 58°, with Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

Putter: Ping Vault Oslo Slate

Over in the States (strictly speaking Kuala Lumpur this week but who's checking) on the PGA Tour, PXG staffer Pat Perez won the CIMB Classic. It was the American's 3rd win on Tour, beating forgotten man of previous Ryder Cups Keegan Bradley by 4 shots. Whilst it won't go down in history as the greatest field ever assembled, Perez still earned status as a hero of the YPG staff, as after his final round he declared to the press: "I'm still not going to work out. I'm still going to have a bad diet." Very refreshing stuff, in this age of nonsense fitness and protein shakes.

In Pat's bag:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 (Mitsubishi Tensei Pro White 70 TX), 9.5 degrees

3-wood: PXG 0317, 15 degrees

Hybrid: PXG 0317X, 19 degrees

Irons (3-4): PXG 0311XF; (5-PW): PXG 0311

Wedges: PXG 0311T (52, 60 degrees)

Putter: PXG Gunboat

Some final exciting news: Tiger Woods has been cleared by his doctors to resume all golf activities! He shared video of himself in Sunday Red swinging the driver, whipping social media and die-hard Tiger fans into a frenzy. Whilst he's still a long way from match fit, it surely can't be a bad thing to have Mr Woods back healthy and playing.