Tyrrell Hatton was the last man to win a golf tournament before the world went into lockdown, and it just happened to be the one with Arnold Palmer’s name attached to it.
Now he has a golden opportunity to add the European Tour’s flagship event, a BMW PGA Championship long-associated with great names such as Sir Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros and Hatton’s own idol growing up, Colin Montgomerie.
It’s all been quite a journey for the man from Marlow, who first attended this event in short pants at the age of five.
Tyrrell Hatton has admitted his hoodies have 'split opinions' among golf fans this week
Now Hatton, 28, is walking round in a hoodie that would surely see him ejected from this preserve of the uber-wealthy if it was any other week.
When you’re England’s leading golfer over the past year, however, you’ve earned the right to wear what you want.
While that outer layer might be dividing opinion, the chasing pack are all in agreement: they’ve got one heck of a task in trying to chase him down in Sunday’s final round after Hatton shot a fine 69 in difficult conditions to open up a three-shot lead.
‘Tyrrell has been a great golfer for a while now but he’s added another level of consistency this year,’ said his friendly rival Tommy Fleetwood, who will start four behind following a wonderful 67.
Hatton will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the BMW PGA Championship
‘He’s got that bit between his teeth with the win in Turkey this time last year and the win in America in March.’
Ian Poulter, five behind after a 68, added: ‘You can’t afford to be too far behind Tyrrell these days. He’s playing great golf.
‘He has come out this year looking strong, and he’s not missing too many shots.’
As for the hoodies Hatton has been sporting all week — he’ll be wearing another one on Sunday — when he put it out on social media that his sponsor was prepared to give away 10 of them, he was inundated with over 12,000 replies.
‘I know people are split in their opinion about them, but I think it’s time we moved on to a more open kind of sport and away from a snobby one over clothing,’ he said.
Tommy Fleetwood and Patrick Reed also share fourth with Shane Lowry at 10 under
‘I love them, they’re so comfortable to swing in. It’s not like jumpers back in the day, where there was no movement. They’re so stretchy, and they keep you really warm.’
There were times in the past when Hatton, with his once-fragile temperament, might well have ripped that hood off at level par for his first 11 holes and a round seemingly going nowhere.