It required a nighttime finish, but after an astonishing six-man playoff (the 3rd in European Tour history), Tyrrell Hatton emerged victorious at the Turkish Airlines Open. After 72 holes of tournament play, Kurt Kitayama, Erik van Rooyen, Benjamin Herbert, Victor Perez, and Mattias Schwab were tied at 20-under par, and all of them headed to the 18thhole for a sudden death playoff. On the first playoff hole, Hatton chipped in for a birdie to keep pace with the birdies made by Schwab and Kitayama, and after Kitayama missed a six-footer for birdie on the 2nd playoff hole, the three remaining players would return to the 18th for a third try. After Kurt Kitayama missed his birdie opportunity to tie Tyrrell and Mattias, it would come down to a fourth playoff hole. An untimely bogey for Mattias Schwab would result in Tyrrell’s 4th career European Tour victory and his first since the 2017 Italian Open. As a result of his victory, Hatton moves up to 6th in the Race to Dubai standings with just two events remaining for the season.
Next week, the European Tour heads to SouthAfrica for the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player.