Tyrrell Hatton hopes to continue post-wedding bounce heading into the US Open at Torrey Pines… while fellow newlywed Lee Westwood will hope to put 2008 nightmare behind him at the California venue
- Tyrrell Hatton has revealed that he was late for his own wedding recently
- The Englishman showed encouraging signs in South Carolina this week
- Lee Westwood missed out on the 2008 US Open play-off by just one shot
- Jon Rahm is also able to compete at the major after a positive Covid-19 test
- Jonathan Caldwell emerged victorious at the Scandinavian Mixed event
Tyrrell Hatton might have been late for his own wedding recently, but he seems to be moving into form just in time for this week’s US Open at Torrey Pines.
The 29-year-old Englishman, playing in his first event since marrying his long-time fiancee Emily Braisher, moved to within two shots of the leader Chesson Hadley after a strong start to his final round at the Palmetto Championship in South Carolina last night.
Bogeys at the seventh and eighth were hardly ideal in search of his second PGA Tour victory but, with the bigger picture in mind, this was more like it from the Marlow man as he closed in on his first top-15 finish in the US this year.
Tyrrell Hatton seems to be hitting his stride heading into this week’s US Open at Torrey Pines
The 29-year-old was playing in his first tournament in South Carolina since getting married
As for his wedding misadventure, Hatton explained that the car he and Emily had booked for their intimate ceremony involving just the two of them turned up an hour late. Perhaps even more astonishingly, the man known for the odd tantrum or two on the course managed to keep his cool.
‘I think the most frustrated I got was when he was driving under the speed limit after turning up so late,’ said Hatton.
‘I politely asked him if he could press the accelerator pedal a little harder to try to make up some time. So yeah, I guess it wasn’t as magical as you plan it, but it was still pretty special.’
Hatton isn’t the only one to tie the knot since the US PGA Championship last month. Lee Westwood married his caddy-cum-fiancee Helen Storey in Las Vegas at the weekend, and will now hope for a similar post-wedding bounce at Torrey.
The 48-year-old finished an agonising one shot off the play-off contested by the eventual winner Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate when the US Open was last staged at the San Diego venue in 2008.
Another European who will head there with a bounce in his stride is Jon Rahm, who has been cleared to play following his dramatic misfortune at the Memorial Tournament eight days ago.
Lee Westwood will hope there is no repeat of his agonising 2008 US Open defeat at Torrey
The Spaniard tested positive for Covid-19 and had to pull out when leading by six shots with just 18 holes to play. Rahm will be seeking his first major on the course where he achieved his debut PGA Tour win in 2017.
As for the Palmetto, world No 1 Dustin Johnson had three birdies in four holes to be just one off the pace with six holes to play.
Matt Fitzpatrick shot a fine 66 for a likely top-10 finish while Tommy Fleetwood, who started well off the pace, shot 68. Ian Poulter carded a 70 for a top-25 finish.
Jonathan Caldwell won his first professional title at the Scandinavian Mixed event in Sweden
Meanwhile, in the land of fairy tales also known as the European Tour, Northern Ireland’s Jonathan Caldwell admitted to a state of disbelief after notching his first victory, at the Scandinavian Mixed event in Sweden.
The 37-year-old, who partnered Rory McIlroy at the 2007 Walker Cup, ended 13 years of struggle since turning pro with a final-round 64.
‘It’s been a dream of mine for an awful long time,’ said Caldwell. ‘After a bad week you can think, ‘What am I doing?’ But I stuck at it and persevered and thankfully I did.’
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