By Derek Lawrenson for MailOnline
Published: 17:57 BST, 11 October 2020 | Updated: 18:01 BST, 11 October 2020
It says everything about what the BMW PGA Championship means to Tyrrell Hatton that he woke up on Sunday more nervous about the day ahead than he felt at the 2018 Ryder Cup.
Eighteen holes from completing the evocative journey from a five year old tyro experiencing this fabled championship for the first time in 1997 to adding his name to the greats of the game on the trophy.
No wonder the pulse raced like never before for the local hero. The one thing we’ve learned about Hatton, though, and how exciting it is for the British game, is that when he’s in with a chance to win he rarely beats himself, no matter how nervous he’s feeling.
Tyrell Hatton sealed a four-shot win at the BMW PGA Championship after leading overnight
So it was on a fabulous day in keeping with the finest traditions of the European Tour’s flagship event. In ideal scoring conditions, they came for the leader with a flurry of birdies and eagles but Hatton, as all great players do, delivered the big shots when he needed them.
The 28 year old from down the road in Marlow shot a final round 67 for a four shot victory that was certainly not as straightforward as it sounds. ‘I’ve always said it was a goal of mine to win this event and it’s an amazing feeling to stand here having pulled it off,’ said Hatton.
There was a nice moment at the end as, on a video link, he got to chat with his father Jeff, the man who introduced him to the game and his only coach. ‘Told you that you’d smash it, were you nervous?’ asked Jeff. ‘Thanks,’ replied Tyrrell. ‘I was terrified, actually.’