Every round Tyrrell Hatton plays is an emotional roller coaster, the spirited 26-year-old Englishman unable to hold back his feelings in real time. You really do wonder if one day the guy’s head is going to literally explode on a golf course, he runs so hot at times. The latest case in point: Sunday’s third round at the Dell Technologies Championship, when we saw plenty more of Hatton’s pyrotechnics on display.
The crazy part of Sunday at TPC Boston was that Hatton shot a two-under 69, which sounds so pedestrian. However, it was hardly uneventful. Consider this front-nine scorecard:
The magic of Hatton’s recently purchased putter from Golf Galaxy continued when he rolled in a 13-footer for birdie on the first and a 17-footer on the fourth, with a tap in birdie after hitting the par-5 second in two. And while he three-putted from 75 feet on the fifth hole, he still made the turn in two under.
On the 10th hole, Hatton had to start to think the golf gods were on his side after this break.
Seriously, in the annals of good breaks and making the most of them, Hatton has to realize this one is right up there.
But the day wasn’t all perfect bounces. Case in point on the 12th hole (scroll down below the footage of the 10th).
Yep, pretty much the complete opposite of the 10th, which lead to a double-bogey 6.
Still, a steady stream of pars coming in allowed Hatton to remain in shouting distance of the lead when he got to the 18th hole. After a wayward drive on the par 5 found some rough, Hatton choose to lay up with his second shot, the ball rolling into the drop area roughly 75 yards short of the hole. It was apparently a good distance for Hatton.
Seriously, we get to one-Mississippi, two-Mississippi and the ball is still staring at the darkness of the cup but refusing to fall in.
Of course, his reaction to the near dunk for eagle, and what would have given him a share of the lead, was priceless. Hatton settled for birdie to put him at 12 under for the tournament, one stroke off the lead of Abraham Ancer and in a tie for second with Bryson DeChambeau.