HATTON BREAKS INTO THE WORLD'S TOP 5
European Tour - Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
Tyrrell Hatton produced a dominant performance to win his fourth Rolex Series title and make the perfect start to the 2021 Race to Dubai at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship breaking into the World’s Top 5 for the first time.
The Englishman went toe to toe with Rory McIlroy throughout the week at Abu Dhabi Golf Club but after a brilliant closing 66, he had left the four-time Major Championship winner and the rest of the field trailing.
Hatton finished at 18 under, four shots clear of Australia's Jason Scrivener - who came home in a blistering 29 - and five ahead of McIlroy, with Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello at 12 under.
The victory sees him equal Jon Rahm's record of Rolex Series wins after previous victories at the 2017 Italian Open, 2019 Turkish Airlines Open and 2020 BMW PGA Championship and also makes him a six-time winner on the European Tour.
Having made his Ryder Cup debut in 2018 and won his first event on the US PGA Tour last year, Hatton could now move into the top five on the Official World Golf Ranking as he further establishes himself as one the game's biggest stars.
The victory also moves him to the top of the fledgling Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex after finishing in the top ten in the season long standings in four of the last five years.
"It's surreal to be honest," he said. "Even knocking the putt in on 18 doesn't seem like I've won the tournament but it's amazing.
"I've always loved starting my season here in Abu Dhabi and to now add my name on that trophy with so many great champions before me is a huge honour.
"It's massive, Ryder Cup points have started again and that's a huge goal for me this year, to make that team, so I'm absolutely delighted that I've managed to pick up a load of points this week. I'll enjoy tonight but then my attention will turn to next week.
PGA Tour – The American Express
25-year-old South Korean Siwoo Kim birdied two of the final three holes to finish an 8-under 64 Sunday, rallying past the late-charging Cantlay by one shot to earn his third PGA TOUR victory at the American Express.
A year after Kim shot a 15-over 87 in the first round and quickly withdrew from this event because of his persistent back problems, he began the final round with a share of the lead atop a crowded board. He endured a restless night as he prepared to chase his first win since THE PLAYERS Championship in 2017, a string of 102 straight starts without a victory.
"Every year, I've had a chance, but I couldn't make it," Kim said through a translator. "I had a lot of resolve in my mind last night. I took melatonin, but still I didn't sleep very well."
Kim acknowledged he watched the leaderboard while he played. Six groups ahead of him, Cantlay shot a 61 and surged out of 13th place to the front while breaking the Stadium Course record by two strokes.
"I had to know what's going on, so I knew how to play my game in the final round," Kim said. "I knew Cantlay played really well. I tried to keep patient and believe in myself. I got the chance on 16 and 17, and that's when I could make it. I feel good about myself."
Cantlay's surge still only put him one stroke in the lead, and Kim comfortably birdied the par-5 16th to pull even. Kim then buried a 19-foot birdie putt on the island green on the 17th to move back in front, joyously pumping his fist when his perfectly paced putt dropped.
"I thought I would have a chance at a playoff," Cantlay said after falling just short of his fourth career victory despite his best career round as a pro. "I played about as good as I can possibly play."
Kim wrapped up his third bogey-free round of the tournament -- all on the Pete Dye-designed Stadium Course -- with a two-putt par on the 18th to finish at 23-under 265 in this Palm Springs-area event long hosted by Bob Hope.
"I just tried to focus on my game," Kim said. "I didn't even know I had a bogey-free round today."
Kim joined Collin Morikawa as the only PGA TOUR players under 26 years old with three career wins.