Tyrrell Hatton gutted not to put up better defence of his PGA Championship crown

Tyrrell Hatton after winning last year’s PGA Championships

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Marlow’s Tyrrell Hatton said he was ‘gutted’ not to put up a better defence of his BMW PGA Championship crown after failing to make the cut at his ‘home’ event at Wentworth.

Hatton produced a disappointing first round of 74 on his return to the West Course, and although he improved significantly to card a score of 69 on Friday, it wasn’t enough to see the defending champion through to the weekend.

Afterwards he tweeted: “Gutted not to put up a better defence but it was amazing having the crowds back, we’ve missed you.”

Billy Horschel carded a seven-under par final round of 65 to win the event by one shot. In doing so he became only the second American after the legendary Arnold Palmer in 1975 to win the European Tour’s flagship event.

Hatton’s form over the past 12 months was though good enough to see him selected for this month’s Ryder Cup against the United States.

Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Shane Lowry were named as wildcards by captain Padraig Harrington, while Hatton, Jon Rahm, Paul Casey, Matt Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Viktor Hovland and Bernd Wiesberger all qualified through their rankings. Justin Rose was among those to miss out despite a fine finish at the BMW PGA Championships where he eagled the par-five 18th hole to finish joint sixth on 16 under par.

Hatton tweeted that it would be an ‘honour to represent Europe’ in the Ryder Cup again.

Europe have won nine of the past 12 Ryder Cups and are the defending champions after beating the US 17.5 to 10.5 at Le Golf National in France in 2018. This year’s competition gets under at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin from September 24-26.

Hatton won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championships in January by four strokes from Jason Scrivener but has struggled for consistency in recent months. He missed the cut at both the US Open and 149th Open, however, there were much improved displays at the Scottish Open and WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational where he was placed tied for 18th and 17th respectively. He’s currently ranked sixth on the Race to Dubai rankings.

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