Turkish Airlines Open R4

Hatton wins floodlit thriller

November 07-10
The Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Belek, Antalya, Turkey
$7,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Tyrrell Hatton won his second Rolex Series title in thrilling fashion as he prevailed in a six-man play-off under floodlights at the Turkish Airlines Open.

Turkish Airlines Open R4 - Hatton wins floodlit thriller
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“It’s so surreal. I mean, I actually can’t believe that I’ve won. It’s been quite a difficult year in terms of things happening off course, and you know, the last month, I feel like I really found my game again.

“I said to a few people on my team that if I was lucky enough to win again, then I would definitely savour the moment, because I think it’s quite easy to take it for granted, and you know, sport’s great when it’s going well, but when it’s not going well, it kind of hits home, so I’m absolutely thrilled. Obviously amazing to have Mick on the bag and he’s done a great job this week. I’m just so happy.

“You don’t think about the money, at all. It’s all pride. And yeah, obviously it’s a bonus at the end of it after a great week, and I’m just so happy, I don’t know what else to say.”


The Englishman entered round four in glorious sunshine three shots off the lead at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal but ended it as the last man standing under the lights after one of the most dramatic days on the 2019 Race to Dubai.

A birdie on the 72nd hole handed him a closing 67 and a place in the record equalling play-off alongside French duo Benjamin Hebert and Victor Perez, American Kurt Kitayama, Austrian Matthias Schwab and South African Erik van Rooyen.

He had to chip-in to keep his hopes alive on the first trip back up the last as Hebert, Perez and van Rooyen were eliminated on the first extra hole. Kitayama stayed in the hunt before he was eliminated on the third extra hole, leaving Hatton and Schwab to fight it out under the floodlights for the US$2million first prize.

Hatton found trouble with his drive and was forced to lay-up, but par was enough for him to secure his fourth European Tour title.

“It was a close call,” said Schwab. “I had some good looks and good chances coming down the stretch in regular play and didn’t take advantage of them. In a playoff, it is what it is.

“It’s still a second-place finish, which is obviously not too bad, but yeah, at the moment, it’s not too great.”


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-20
68
68
65
67
268
T2
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-20
69
68
67
64
268
T2
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-20
70
67
66
65
268
T2
Victor Perez
FRA
-20
68
69
66
65
268
T2
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-20
67
70
64
67
268
T2
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-20
65
67
66
70
268
T7
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-18
71
64
71
64
270
T7
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-18
71
63
67
69
270
9
Romain Langasque
FRA
-17
70
66
70
65
271
T10
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-16
72
67
68
65
272
T10
Lee Westwood
ENG
-16
71
65
68
68
272
T10
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-16
68
68
68
68
272
T10
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-16
67
68
68
69
272
T10
Patrick Reed
USA
-16
71
65
65
71
272
T10
Ross Fisher
ENG
-16
69
64
68
71
272
16
Paul Waring
ENG
-15
70
67
68
68
273
T17
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-14
71
68
69
66
274
T17
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-14
66
70
71
67
274
T17
Zander Lombard
RSA
-14
73
67
66
68
274
T17
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-14
70
68
68
68
274
T21
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-13
68
71
69
67
275
T21
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-13
68
66
73
68
275
T21
Justin Rose
ENG
-13
67
67
73
68
275
T21
Ryan Fox
NZL
-13
73
65
69
68
275
T25
Joost Luiten
NED
-12
67
69
71
69
276
T25
Sean Crocker
USA
-12
71
67
72
66
276
T25
Justin Harding
RSA
-12
69
65
70
72
276
T28
Alexander Noren
SWE
-11
66
67
74
70
277
T28
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-11
70
69
70
68
277
T28
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-11
68
68
71
70
277
T28
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-11
68
69
69
71
277
T32
David Lipsky
USA
-10
66
68
73
71
278
T32
Thomas Detry
BEL
-10
67
66
73
72
278
T32
Tom Lewis
ENG
-10
65
70
71
72
278
T32
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-10
68
73
64
73
278
T36
Scott Hend
AUS
-9
69
68
72
70
279
T36
Renato Paratore
ITA
-9
73
68
69
69
279
T38
Danny Willett
ENG
-8
67
66
74
73
280
T38
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-8
72
68
69
71
280
T38
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-8
68
68
74
70
280
T38
Martin Kaymer
GER
-8
70
72
69
69
280
T38
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-8
71
68
67
74
280
T38
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-8
69
67
68
76
280
T44
Aaron Rai
ENG
-7
68
67
75
71
281
T44
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-7
71
70
66
74
281
T46
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-6
75
67
66
74
282
T46
Jordan Smith
ENG
-6
71
71
71
69
282
T46
Haotong Li
CHN
-6
73
71
70
68
282
49
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-5
71
72
70
70
283
T50
Gavin Green
MAS
-4
73
69
67
75
284
T50
Matt Wallace
ENG
-4
74
67
69
74
284
T50
Richard Sterne
RSA
-4
70
72
72
70
284
T53
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-3
72
70
69
74
285
T53
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-3
73
68
73
71
285
T53
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-3
74
73
70
68
285
T56
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-2
72
67
70
77
286
T56
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-2
69
72
72
73
286
T56
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-2
73
70
71
72
286
T56
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-2
71
75
70
70
286
T56
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-2
71
74
72
69
286
T56
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-2
76
71
71
68
286
T62
Shane Lowry
IRL
-1
72
65
75
75
287
T62
Chris Paisley
ENG
-1
73
72
68
74
287
T62
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-1
75
66
74
72
287
65
Adria Arnaus
ESP
Par
75
67
70
76
288
66
George Coetzee
RSA
1
71
71
77
70
289
T67
Nacho Elvira
ESP
2
71
67
71
81
290
T67
Justin Walters
RSA
2
75
73
68
74
290
69
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
3
72
70
75
74
291
T70
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
4
70
73
72
77
292
T70
Steven Brown
ENG
4
74
75
71
72
292
72
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
5
71
75
76
71
293
73
David Drysdale
SCO
8
72
72
76
76
296
74
Taner Yamac
TUR
10
72
72
79
75
298
DSQ
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
Par
70
72
142