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COLLEGE GROVE: After three and a half years without an individual victory, Tyrrell Hatton proved this week that not only can he win again, but he can also dominate. Meanwhile, his Legion XIII team proved that they could win the bird festival.

Hatton cruised to victory Sunday at LIV Golf Nashville, shooting a final-round 65 for a six-shot victory over Majesticks GC’s Sam Horsfield. This marks the second-largest winning margin in LIV Golf history, and his 19-under tie gives him the second-lowest mark.

It is also the largest winning margin of Hatton’s 11 career victories. More importantly, the drought that left the 32-year-old Englishman wondering whether he would ever return to the winner’s circle is ending.

“Because you haven’t won for three and a half years, you wonder if you could somehow do it again,” said Hatton, who was never seriously threatened in the final round. “It’s a really special feeling to win again.”

His Legion XIII captain, Jon Rahm, had no doubts about Hatton’s abilities when he invited him to LIV Golf as his top teammate on the new expansion team. As it turned out, Hatton defeated Rahm and won his team’s first individual title.

“For anyone who doesn’t know how good Tyrrell Hatton is, this is definitely a testament to that,” said Rahm, who finished in a four-way tie for third. “I think today showed how good he can be. Of course, winning is never easy, and winning by six in three rounds is impressive.”

Hatton entered the final round with a three-shot lead and then made birdies on the third and fourth holes. Rahm made an early move and cut the lead to two at one point before suffering a double-bogey on the par-4 sixth when he found the water with two different shots.

The hottest player on the course, Torque GC captain Joaquin Niemann, shot a 9-under 62 but was too far back to start the day, ultimately tying for third place.

“Being three shots ahead is not the easiest thing to go out and have fun with because you know guys are going to try to chase you,” said Hatton, whose par save on the 13th hole was a key moment in the final match. “I started well and that calmed me down.”

The team battle was a bit more intense, even though Legion XIII had a 10-point lead early on. At one point, their advantage decreased to four strokes, which can quickly disappear when counting points.

But since all four Legion players played below par, they never really opened the door to any pursuits. The closest competition was for the remaining two podium spots, with Bryson DeChambeau’s Crushers GC taking second place and Torque overtaking Majesticks GC for third place.

Legion’s previous two wins came at Mayakoba (24 under) and Miami (22 under) on two challenging courses that didn’t provide endless scoring opportunities. The Grove course, with its wide fairways, was available this week, leaving Rahm wondering if his club could win such a race. They did so with a total score of 40 under, their second-lowest score of the season. This is Legion XIII’s third victory this season and moves them nine points behind league-leading Crushers in the year-long standings.

“I don’t think this course setting was particularly suitable for our team,” Rahm said. – Not that we can’t, but… we didn’t like events like the bird festival. Of course, when I say this, we will end with a victory.

This comes in handy when an individual winner burns the field.


Team results:

Standings and counting of results from Sunday’s final round of the team competition at LIV Golf Nashville. Each team’s three best scores count in the first two rounds, and all four scores count in the final round. The team with the lowest total score after three rounds wins the team title.

1. LEGION XIII -40 (Hatton 65, Rahm 68, Surratt 69, Vincent 70; Rd. 3, score: -12)

2. CRUSHERS GC -35 (Casey 65, DeChambeau 68, Lahiri 69, Catlin 70; Rd. 3, score: -12)

3. MOMENT GC -34 (Niemann 62, Munoz 65, Ortiz 69, Pereira 72; Rd. 3 score: -16)

4. MAJESTICKS GC -32 (Horsfield 65, Westwood 66, Poulter 70, Stenson 70; Rd. 3, score: -13)

5. STINGER GC -22 (Oosthuizen 64, Schwartzel 67, Burmester 72, Grace 72; Rd. 3, score: -9)

T6. RIPPER GC -19 (Jones 68, Leishman 69, Smith 69, Herbert 70; Round 3 Score: -19)

T6. CLEEKS GC -19 (Bland 66, Samooja 69, Meronk 70, Kaymer 74; 3rd round score: -5)

8. FIREBALLS GC -16 (Ancer 68, Garcia 68, Chacarra 70, Puig 75; Rd. 3, score: -3)

9. 4ACES GC -15 (Perez 64, Reed 67, Varner III 71, Johnson 75; Rd. 3, score: -7)

10. HYFLYERS GC -14 (Tringale 66, Steele 67, Mickelson 71, Ogletree 72; Rd. 3, score: -8)

11. RANGEGOATS GC -13 (Wolff 67, Pieters 68, Watson 69, Uihlein 73; Rd. 3, score: -7)

12. SMASH GC -12 (Koepka 71, Kokrak 71, McDowell 71, Gooch 72; Rd. 3 score: +1)

13. IRON HEADS GC -11 (Lee 70, Na 72, Vincent 72, Kozuma 74; Rd. 3, score: +4)

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