Hatton holds on as Fisher hits record 61

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Hatton didn't feel Fisher's galloping footsteps behind him until he was nearly home, and it stiffened his resolve for the final two holes.

"I'm gutted I missed that one on the last but it's just one of those days as I felt like I was playing alright but I'm not going to complain too much with a 61", Fisher told BBC.

"What a great round of golf from Fish, it's wonderful", Hatton told the European Tour. "I felt like I saw the lines on the greens, had a really good score and knew obviously I was playing for second because Tyrrell was nearly too far in front".

Gary Player spoke out Sunday about technological advances to the golf ball and equipment after Ross Fisher torched The Old Course at St. Andrews to the tune of a new course record.

"I'm not going to leave any stone unturned and do everything I can to get back to the best player in the world".

"I started the year with grabbed ambitions trying to add to my major tally and trying to win golf tournaments and get back up near the top of the World Rankings". While Hatton was retaining his title at St Andrews, Brendan Steele was doing precisely the same thing in the Safeway Open at Silverado.

McIlroy will now take three months off before returning to competition in mid-January. Grace was seven-under with three holes to go, but finished poorly with bogeys at 16, at 228m one of the longest par-3s in golf, and 17, which is one of the toughest par-4s on the course.

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Finau was 14 under when he headed to the 14th hole, but his drive finished under a tree, forcing him to punch out. "Looks like I'll finish second on my own".

"I caught fire a bit on the back nine as well".

Last week he was also looking in contention for the British Masters title at Close House near Newcastle, but let slip a three shot lead at the halfway stage to finish tied for eighth place.

Steele said that the playing conditions made club selection hard.

Nine-time major victor Gary Player tweeted that he was "delighted for all the players" on their scoring but also said "it's quite sad to see The Old Course of St Andrews brought to her knees by today's ball and equipment". "So you have to have a sense as you're getting into it whether you've got the right club or not".

Donaldson, who pocketed a cheque for 50,000 United States dollars, had nine birdies and an 18th hole eagle on his card for a 72 hole score of 40-under-par, winning by three from Robert Rock and Westlife singer Brian McFadden, Victor Dubuisson and Shantanu Narayen, who had a hole-in-one in round three, and Yikeun Chang and Erwee Botha. "I just wanted to make the Tour Championship so bad, I was just trying to scratch and claw for every point I could". I wasn't trying to play my best.