‘One Of The Worst Par 5s I Have Played’ – Hatton Slates Yas Links 18th

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Tyrrell Hatton slammed the closing hole at Yas Links as “one of the worst par 5s I’ve seen in my life”, after his hopes of a successful title defence at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship ended in grisly fashion. 

Hatton took a nine at the 18th – a day after a double bogey seven at the same hole – and instead of snapping at the heels of the leaders, he finds himself down among the also-rans. 

If Hatton had repeated his first round birdie at the 646-yard 18th, he would have carded a 66, and at seven-under par, he would have been only four shots behind Scott Jamieson, whose 68 kept him one clear of Shane Lowry and Thomas Pieters, which would have boosted his chances of completing a famous wire-to-wire victory. 

Jamieson waves to the crowd

Jamieson is looking for his first win since 2012

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Hatton’s hopes of repeating the thrilling final round charge that brought him victory last year were very much alive when he teed it up at the last. 

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