Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship R4

Hatton claims fourth Rolex Series title

January 21-24
Abu Dhabi GC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
$8,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship 2021 R4 - Hatton claims fourth Rolex Series title
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Tyrrell Hatton became just the second player to claim four Rolex Series titles after a flawless performance in the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship helped him overturn the overnight lead of his playing partner Rory McIlroy and clinch a four-stroke victory.


“I’m thrilled to be honest,” said Hatton. “Even knocking the putt in on 18, it doesn’t seem like I’ve won the tournament. Obviously 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. I think the big moment for me today was the putt on ten. Maybe that was going eight feet past and just hit the hole. That’s huge.

“Then my tee shot on 11, that’s pitched on the side of the bunker and it’s come out. It could have – we’ve seen plugged lies in the lip this week, so that was another bit of good fortune. So I think that was a big turning point of the day for me.”



The Englishman has now won two of the last three Rolex Series events, having lifted the BMW PGA Championship title last October, and his latest victory is timely with the European Points List restarting this week in the race to qualify for Padraig Harrington’s European Ryder Cup side. 

“It’s massive. I mean, Ryder Cup points started again. That’s a huge goal for me this year to make that team. I’m absolutely delighted that I’ve managed to pick up a load of points this week, and now I’ll enjoy tonight and then my attention will turn to next week.”


Hatton’s was another nerveless final round display as the 29-year-old cruised to three birdies on the front nine, while McIlroy dropped shots at the par three fourth and par five eighth holes, to lose any momentum created by the early birdies at the second and third.

“I started great with two birdies in the first three. And then I felt like there was a few putts I hit today, the wind affected the putts more than maybe the last couple days,” said McIlroy. “So there was the one on four, the three-putt, and there were a couple others, the couple of bogeys around the turn didn’t help.



“I thought I was in good position on ten and Tyrrell was outside of me, makes that putt for birdie, and then I can’t make mine for eagle and that was a huge sort of momentum-keeper for him. Then I bogeyed the next and after that, it was sort of hard to get back into it.

“I don’t feel like I played great this week, felt like I was managing my game a bit. Nice to get a competitive week under my belt and see where my game is at and what I need to do to keep on improving. Hopefully I’ll get on the plane tonight and head over to Torrey Pines and tee it up there next week.”

Victory rarely looked in doubt for Hatton as he played assured and calculated golf down the stretch, three birdies on the way home wrapping up a flawless six under final round 66, an 18 under total and a sixth European Tour win. He now joins Jon Rahm as the only other player to lift four Rolex Series titles, and becomes the first Race to Dubai leader of the 2021 campaign.


Australia’s Jason Scrivener claimed the best result of his career on the European Tour, a final round 66 earning him runner-up spot, while McIlroy claimed his eighth top three finish in 11 appearances at Abu Dhabi Golf Club after the Northern Irishman signed for a level par 72.

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“I was in my own little world,” said Scrivener. “My caddie and I just kind of kept plodding away. Wasn’t a good start, made a few soft bogeys, and then just kind of stuck with it and yeah, 29 on the back, which was pretty nice. Dave Alred’s (coach) been a game changer for me. Really taught me — we sat down probably two months before Christmas at the end of my season last year, and he’s really helped me a lot and pushed me that bit extra to work harder.”

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Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Tyrrell Hatton
-18
65
68
71
66
270
2
Jason Scrivener
-14
67
70
71
66
274
3
Rory McIlroy
-13
64
72
67
72
275
4
Rafa Cabrera Bello
-12
67
67
73
69
276
T5
David Lipsky
-11
72
66
68
71
277
T5
Marc Warren
-11
72
66
68
71
277
T7
Tommy Fleetwood
-10
71
67
67
73
278
T7
Chris Paisley
-10
72
68
69
69
278
T7
Matt Wallace
-10
68
70
71
69
278
T7
Fabrizio Zanotti
-10
66
71
72
69
278
11
George Coetzee
-9
70
71
68
70
279
T12
Adri Arnaus
-8
74
67
69
70
280
T12
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
-8
71
71
67
71
280
T12
Wade Ormsby
-8
69
70
70
71
280
15
Mikko Korhonen
-7
69
69
71
72
281
T16
Kristoffer Broberg
-6
69
69
73
71
282
T16
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
-6
68
68
75
71
282
T16
Stephen Gallacher
-6
69
68
73
72
282
T16
Benjamin Hebert
-6
68
73
74
67
282
T16
Scott Jamieson
-6
71
70
71
70
282
T16
Romain Langasque
-6
67
70
74
71
282
T16
Robert MacIntyre
-6
72
69
71
70
282
T16
Antoine Rozner
-6
71
72
71
68
282
T16
Danny Willett
-6
71
72
71
68
282
T25
Victor Dubuisson
-5
73
69
69
72
283
T25
Lucas Herbert
-5
68
68
74
73
283
T25
Rasmus Højgaard
-5
71
72
71
69
283
T25
Jazz Janewattananond
-5
68
69
74
72
283
T25
Alexander Levy
-5
72
70
69
72
283
T25
Aaron Rai
-5
69
72
72
70
283
T25
Matthias Schwab
-5
71
71
72
69
283
T25
Richard Sterne
-5
71
72
69
71
283
T25
Andy Sullivan
-5
72
71
70
70
283
T25
Bernd Wiesberger
-5
70
72
70
71
283
T35
Nino Bertasio
-4
71
67
73
73
284
T35
Richard Bland
-4
72
69
69
74
284
T35
David Drysdale
-4
73
70
68
73
284
T35
Kurt Kitayama
-4
68
74
71
71
284
T35
Joost Luiten
-4
69
70
74
71
284
T35
Callum Shinkwin
-4
70
69
75
70
284
T41
Lucas Bjerregaard
-3
68
74
70
73
285
T41
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
-3
69
72
68
76
285
T41
Thomas Pieters
-3
69
71
70
75
285
T41
Tapio Pulkkanen
-3
73
70
72
70
285
T41
Matthew Southgate
-3
74
65
75
71
285
T46
Alexander Björk
-2
70
72
74
70
286
T46
Nicolas Colsaerts
-2
72
71
71
72
286
T46
Calum Hill
-2
72
71
73
70
286
T46
James Morrison
-2
69
73
72
72
286
T46
Victor Perez
-2
68
73
69
76
286
T46
Henrik Stenson
-2
71
72
74
69
286
T52
Julien Guerrier
-1
74
68
74
71
287
T52
Jordan Smith
-1
72
71
69
75
287
T54
Marcus Armitage
E
73
70
71
74
288
T54
Grant Forrest
E
72
70
70
76
288
T54
Oliver Wilson
E
70
70
75
73
288
T57
Scott Hend
1
71
72
74
72
289
T57
Masahiro Kawamura
1
71
70
72
76
289
T57
Robert Rock
1
72
71
71
75
289
T57
Justin Rose
1
70
72
73
74
289
61
Jeff Winther
2
74
69
76
71
290
T62
Justin Harding
3
73
69
76
73
291
T62
Padraig Harrington
3
70
73
75
73
291
T62
Søren Kjeldsen
3
71
72
73
75
291
T62
Lee Westwood
3
69
73
75
74
291
66
Sebastian Soderberg
5
69
71
79
74
293
CUT
Thomas Aiken
E
73
71
144
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
E
72
72
144
CUT
Steven Brown
E
69
75
144
CUT
Matthew Fitzpatrick
E
70
74
144
CUT
Ryan Fox
E
73
71
144
CUT
Gavin Kyle Green
E
74
70
144
CUT
Joachim B. Hansen
E
72
72
144
CUT
David Horsey
E
70
74
144
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
E
72
72
144
CUT
Francesco Laporta
E
72
72
144
CUT
Min Woo Lee
E
71
73
144
CUT
Ahmed Marjan
E
72
72
144
CUT
Graeme McDowell
E
72
72
144
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
E
73
71
144
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
E
72
72
144
CUT
Kalle Samooja
E
73
71
144
CUT
Justin Thomas
E
73
71
144
CUT
Laurie Canter
1
70
75
145
CUT
Ashley Chesters
1
72
73
145
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
1
72
73
145
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
1
72
73
145
CUT
Garrick Higgo
1
73
72
145
CUT
David Howell
1
74
71
145
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
1
74
71
145
CUT
Haotong Li
1
71
74
145
CUT
Shane Lowry
1
75
70
145
CUT
Richie Ramsay
1
74
71
145
CUT
Julian Suri
1
71
74
145
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
2
69
77
146
CUT
Ross Fisher
2
72
74
146
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
2
78
68
146
CUT
David Law
2
70
76
146
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
2
77
69
146
CUT
Joel Stalter
2
73
73
146
CUT
Justin Walters
2
71
75
146
CUT
Dean Burmester
3
78
69
147
CUT
Jorge Campillo
3
74
73
147
CUT
Sean Crocker
3
73
74
147
CUT
Robert Karlsson
3
77
70
147
CUT
Martin Kaymer
3
74
73
147
CUT
Tom Lewis
4
72
76
148
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
4
74
74
148
CUT
Ian Poulter
4
71
77
148
CUT
Brandon Stone
4
70
78
148
CUT
Zander Lombard
5
74
75
149
CUT
Ross McGowan
5
71
78
149
CUT
Eddie Pepperell
5
71
78
149
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
5
73
76
149
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
5
76
73
149
CUT
Paul Waring
5
73
76
149
CUT
Chris Wood
5
74
75
149
CUT
Ashun Wu
5
76
73
149
CUT
John Catlin
6
75
75
150
CUT
Thomas Detry
6
74
76
150
CUT
Renato Paratore
6
78
72
150
CUT
Richard McEvoy
7
75
76
151
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
8
81
71
152
CUT
Sami Valimaki
8
77
75
152
CUT
Thomas Bjørn
9
72
81
153
CUT
Oliver Fisher
9
76
77
153
CUT
Haydn Porteous
9
77
76
153
CUT
Wilco Nienaber
10
76
78
154
CUT
Ahmad Skaik (a)
12
76
80
156
CUT
Arjun Gupta
13
79
78
157
WD
Joakim Lagergren
3
34
34
WD
Andrea Pavan
2
69
69
DNS
Andrew Johnston
E