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Hatton wins six-man play-off at Montgomerie Maxx Royal

Englishman Tyrrell Hatton walked away from a six-man play-off at Montgomerie Maxx Royal with the first prize – a cool £1.56 million for winning the 2019 Turkish Airlines Open.

Hatton, Schwab, Perez, Kitayama, Hebert and Rooyen had all finished at -20 – a tie that triggered one of only three six-man play-offs in European Tour history.

The sextet then headed to the 18th to resolve the tie in a sudden-death playoff. However, three players were eliminated, with Van Rooyen dropping out first on the first extra hole.

But darkness had creep in, called for the use of floodlights for the ensuing holes – a first in tour history that a play-off ended under floodlights at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal.

The remaining trio then tied again on the second extra hole. But it wasn’t for too long – Because on the following extra hole another player was eliminated leaving Schwab and Hatton to battle for top spot.

So, in a dramatic fashion, the 28-year-old Englishman edged 24-year-old Matthias Schwab of Austria, who was unfortunate to miss a six-footer on the fourth extra hole. Hatton on the other hand made par on the same round, thus capturing the 2019 Turkish Airlines Open - His fourth European Tour title and his second victory in a Rolex Series event.

This ended Tyrrell Hatton’s two-year victory drought. He last won at Milano Golf Club, during the Italian Open, back in 2017.