BMW PGA Championship R1

Hatton enjoys happy homecoming

October 08-11
Wentworth Club, Surrey, England
$7,000,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


BMW PGA Championship R1 - Hatton enjoys happy homecoming
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Tyrrell Hatton enjoyed a happy homecoming in his first round on British soil in 2020 with an opening round of 66 for a share of the lead with Adri Arnaus and Justin Harding in the BMW PGA Championship, the third Rolex Series event of the 2020 Race to Dubai.


The 28-year-old Englishman carded an eagle and five birdies, including one at the eighth – his final hole – en route to a six under par round as he chases a third Rolex Series title.

“Obviously it was tough this morning, and I hit a few poor shots, but the key thing was I recovered really well. I followed it up with a really good shot. That kind of kept momentum going. It was easy to make mistakes out there this morning, so I’m very happy with my round.



“I think for me, I just feel pretty comfortable out on the golf course. I’ve been around it so many times now, so kind of almost has that home course feel and you just feel like you know it so well. Yeah, it was a nice start today and hopefully I can keep that going the next few days.

“It would be special (to win the BMW PGA Championship). This is a tournament I’ve been coming to since I was five years old. To lift the trophy here is a goal of mine in my career, and hopefully I can play well the next few days and give myself a chance to do that.”


The World Number 15 was joined at the summit by South African Harding and Spaniard Arnaus, both of whom enjoyed flawless six under rounds in the more favourable afternoon conditions.

“It’s always good news when you’re not adding any strokes to your scoreboard, so yeah, very, very pleased with how I played,” said Arnaus. “I was very on point from tee, hitting on to the green and then I rolled some putts. So enjoyed it a lot, my first competitive round around here, and it was very, very fun.



“The course is definitely playing a bit longer, I would say because it’s a touch wet but it’s the only way I’ve seen it, so I don’t know how it was playing the other years. They have told me it was running much more on the greens a bit firmer. Just a matter of putting it in place and then attacking from there.”

Four players sit a shot off the pace, including reigning Open Champion Shane Lowry who continued his strong form on Wentworth’s West Course by opening with a five under 67 which comprised five birdies and a bogey in his final six holes.

The Irishman shares fourth place with former Ryder Cup player Matt Fitzpatrick, his English compatriot Eddie Pepperell and Malaysia’s Gavin Green. Aaron Rai, who won his maiden Rolex Series title at last week’s Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, and former World Number One Justin Rose were among those players a shot further back on four under.



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“I’m really pleased,” said Rai. “It’s been a different build up over the last few days to this event after last week, so it was nice to get started on the course and get off to a good start.

“I think for success on any style of golf course, there are a lot of things you’ve got going right in your game, and that can be taken forward to any week, such as the short game, good putting. I think strategy on the Monday and Tuesday, learning the course, is imperative to play well this week and prepare for these kind of conditions. It was nice just to be able to put it all together today.

“For me it was important to get here on Monday and Tuesday to practise exactly how I normally would. I think it was more to show myself, really, that I’m here to try and perform as well as possible on this given week, regardless of what had happened on Sunday at the Scottish. To be in contention, to have a good result and to win an event is an incredible thing to take forward to this week and for the rest of the year.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
T1
Adri Arnaus
-6
66
T1
Justin Harding
-6
66
T1
Tyrrell Hatton
-6
66
T4
Matthew Fitzpatrick
-5
67
T4
Gavin Kyle Green
-5
67
T4
Shane Lowry
-5
67
T4
Eddie Pepperell
-5
67
T8
Ryan Fox
-4
68
T8
Joachim B. Hansen
-4
68
T8
Scott Hend
-4
68
T8
Andrew Johnston
-4
68
T8
Wade Ormsby
-4
68
T8
Aaron Rai
-4
68
T8
Justin Rose
-4
68
T8
Matthias Schwab
-4
68
T16
Grant Forrest
-3
69
T16
Benjamin Hebert
-3
69
T16
Garrick Higgo
-3
69
T16
Joakim Lagergren
-3
69
T16
Victor Perez
-3
69
T16
Ian Poulter
-3
69
T16
Robert Rock
-3
69
T16
Matt Wallace
-3
69
T24
David Horsey
-2
70
T24
Rasmus Højgaard
-2
70
T24
Masahiro Kawamura
-2
70
T24
James Morrison
-2
70
T24
Patrick Reed
-2
70
T24
Matthew Southgate
-2
70
T24
Lee Westwood
-2
70
T24
Bernd Wiesberger
-2
70
T32
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
-1
71
T32
Kristoffer Broberg
-1
71
T32
Michael Bullen
-1
67
T32
Tommy Fleetwood
-1
71
T32
Romain Langasque
-1
71
T32
Thorbjørn Olesen
-1
71
T32
Matthieu Pavon
-1
67
T32
Tapio Pulkkanen
-1
71
T32
Alvaro Quiros
-1
71
T32
Richie Ramsay
-1
71
T32
Kalle Samooja
-1
71
T32
Andy Sullivan
-1
71
T32
Danny Willett
-1
71
T32
Min Woo Lee
-1
71
T32
Fabrizio Zanotti
-1
71
T47
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
E
72
T47
Sean Crocker
E
72
T47
Thomas Detry
E
72
T47
Victor Dubuisson
E
72
T47
Oliver Fisher
E
72
T47
Ross Fisher
E
72
T47
Stephen Gallacher
E
72
T47
Julien Guerrier
E
72
T47
Padraig Harrington
E
72
T47
David Howell
E
72
T47
Maximilian Kieffer
E
68
T47
Marcus Kinhult
E
72
T47
David Law
E
72
T47
Alexander Levy
E
72
T47
Joost Luiten
E
72
T47
Chris Paisley
E
72
T47
Thomas Pieters
E
72
T47
Jason Scrivener
E
72
T47
Callum Shinkwin
E
67
T47
Jordan Smith
E
72
T47
Sami Välimäki
E
72
T47
Jeung-Hun Wang
E
72
T47
Oliver Wilson
E
72
T70
Gaganjeet Bhullar
1
73
T70
Dean Burmester
1
73
T70
Ashley Chesters
1
73
T70
Jazz Janewattananond
1
73
T70
Miguel Angel Jiménez
1
73
T70
Martin Kaymer
1
73
T70
Søren Kjeldsen
1
73
T70
Mikko Korhonen
1
73
T70
Pablo Larrazabal
1
73
T70
Robert MacIntyre
1
73
T70
Graeme McDowell
1
73
T70
Guido Migliozzi
1
73
T70
Edoardo Molinari
1
73
T70
Renato Paratore
1
73
T70
Shubhankar Sharma
1
69
T70
Sebastian Soderberg
1
73
T70
Paul Waring
1
73
T87
John Catlin
2
74
T87
George Coetzee
2
74
T87
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
2
74
T87
Sam Horsfield
2
74
T87
Kurt Kitayama
2
74
T87
Marc Warren
2
74
T93
Thomas Aiken
3
75
T93
Nino Bertasio
3
70
T93
Lucas Bjerregaard
3
75
T93
Steven Brown
3
75
T93
David Drysdale
3
70
T93
Scott Jamieson
3
75
T93
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
3
75
T93
Adrian Otaegui
3
75
T101
Jorge Campillo
4
76
T101
Nicolas Colsaerts
4
76
T101
Lorenzo Gagli
4
76
T101
Branden Grace
4
76
T101
Joël Stalter
4
76
T101
Brandon Stone
4
76
T101
Erik van Rooyen
4
76
T108
Alexander Björk
5
77
T108
Lucas Herbert
5
77
T108
Richard McEvoy
5
77
T108
Julian Suri
5
77
T108
Justin Walters
5
77
113
Jeff Winther
6
78
114
Ashun Wu
7
79
T115
Thomas Bjørn
8
80
T115
Andrea Pavan
8
80
T115
Haydn Porteous
8
80
118
Haotong Li
10
82