Most of the time, when we’re putting together these rankings, two things come to mind: course history, and recent form. It makes sense, right? If a golfer has played well at a certain course, and he’s really feeling it right now, he should be a solid bet. It’s paid off time and time again.
Who, then, is hotter right now than Tyrrell Hatton? The 26-year-old Englishman has won in his last two starts on the European Tour, bringing home both the Italian Open and the Alfred Dunhill Links. That’s just the culmination (so far) of a four-tournament run in which Hatton hasn’t finished any lower than tied for eighth. Since the start of September, he’s won just under €2 million in prize money. If that doesn’t get his confidence sky high, nothing can.
What Hatton carries in momentum, he admittedly lacks in experience at Sheshan, at least compared to some of the field. He’s only played the WGC-HSBC Champions twice, finishing 54th in 2015, and 23rd last year. If he can build on that growth, and carry over his incredibly strong run of golf from the past month, a big finish shouldn’t surprise anybody.