Pádraig Harrington: Tyrrell Hatton is a 'Ryder Cup Captain's dream'

Pádraig Harrington: Tyrrell Hatton is a 'Ryder Cup Captain's dream'


Pádraig Harrington has Tyrrell Hatton as a 'Ryder Cup Captain's dream' following his impressive victory at last week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, the first Rolex Series event of 2021.

Since having an operation his injured wrist in November 2019, Hatton has won three times around the world.

The first of these came at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the PGA TOUR in March 2020, followed by two Rolex Series victories on the European Tour at the BMW PGA Championship and most recently at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Such form has propelled the 2018 Ryder Cup rookie into fifth position in the Official World Golf Rankings.

“He’s everything you'd want in a player,” said Harrington. “Tyrrell seems to have it when he comes under pressure on the big occasions with big players staring him down, like he was going against Rory (McIlroy) and Tommy Fleetwood last week.

“He's a Ryder Cup Captain's dream, isn't he? That's exactly what you want, a player that has that gumption and can really get it done.

“Even though he's won four times over the last year, they have been nicely spread out and it is not flash-in-the-pan stuff. He keeps delivering.

“I was very impressed with his win in Bay Hill last year down the stretch and again he proved it last week. From a captain's point of view it was very impressive. That's the sort of stuff I'd like to see all my players doing.”

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