Ross Fisher sets record round of 61 at St Andrews

Emilio Banks
October 11, 2017

Hatton became the first man to retain the Dunhill title - and only the second to win it twice - as he coasted to a final round 66 for a three shot margin of victory on 24-under aggregate of 264 - beating his own record from his victory previous year by a shot.

While Hatton carded a 66 in his winning score of 24 under, Fisher set a new course record at the "spiritual home of golf", with an 11-under-par 61.

Four-time European Tour victor Gregory Bourdy posted four consecutive birdies on his back nine at Carnoustie to sit second, with British Masters victor Paul Dunne two shots behind him in third.

Hatton will take all the headlines for achieving this memorable brace at St. Andrews, the home of golf. A two-under finish on St. Andrew's trio of closing par-4s would have given Fisher the magic number, but he'd have to "settle" for the oldest course record in the world with a 61.

"I felt like I saw the lines on the greens, had a really good score and knew I was playing for second because Tyrrell was nearly too far in front".

Scotland's Marc Warren and England's Robert Rock both carded final-round 66s to tie for fourth place with Frenchman Gregory Bourdy, who shot a 71 after starting the day as Hatton's closest challenger.

Fisher, who reached the turn in 29, recorded four consecutive birdies from the 12th to the 15th... It was a shame not to birdie the last, but I'm not going to complain too much with a 61. "Yeah, hasn't been the year I wanted on the golf course".

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"I'm definitely a better player I feel than the player that won some of those tournaments and some of those majors", McIlroy said.

"It was very special because it was at the end of my season, and I played amazingly like the rest of the week but today it feels like all the putts went in", he said. I'm so happy that I managed to get over the line.

"My last round of 2017 sort of summed up all of 2017", he said.

Fisher poured in four more birdies on the back nine to pull within three with three holes to go and enter 59 watch.

'We've just had good fun, that is what this tournament is about'.

Warne was delighted to qualify for the final round of the team competition for the first time at the 11th attempt, while actor Jamie Dornan again experienced the thrill of playing the Old Course's iconic 18th hole in the final group alongside professional partner Tyrrell Hatton.

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