Tyrrell Hatton earned his first PGA Tour win earlier this season. Now, he looks to win the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational to take another huge step in his career
While other players may have made more noise in the last six months on the PGA Tour, few, if any, have been as good as Tyrrell Hatton. Now, at this week’s WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, Hatton looks to take that next step in his steady climb.
Hatton, who has battled a wrist injury in the past, has been outstanding this calendar year. That started at another World Golf Championship event, the WGC-Mexico Championship in February. There, Hatton was 13-under par and finished in a tie for sixth place.
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After a week off, Hatton returned to the tour at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. There, he earned his first career PGA Tour win, shooting 4-under overall and surviving brutal conditions on the weekend.
From there, it was not until after the PGA Tour restart that Hatton played again. But he didn’t seem to lose anything while the tour was off. His return came at Harbour Town Golf Links, where he was outstanding for three of the four rounds at the RBC Heritage. If not for a 71 on Thursday, Hatton would have finished even higher than the T3 which he recorded.
Hatton took a week off before playing at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, where he recorded yet another top five. Hatton tied for fourth in Detroit, continuing his solid play this season.
He leads the tour in birdie average (4.96) and is third in scoring average (69.143). Hatton is arguably the best putter on tour right now and that’s something that he can take advantage of on nearly any course.
Now is the time for Hatton to take the next step in his upward career trajectory. He has four international victories in addition to his one PGA Tour title but none that would compare to winning a World Golf Championship event like this week’s WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
Hatton is just 28 years old and looks to have the game to compete on the tour for many years to come. Whether he’s just a really good player or an elite player has not yet been determined but if he wants to be competing with the best players in the world, winning an event like this is necessary to legitimize his play and his standing in the game.
Ranked 14th in the Official World Golf Rankings, it would not be a big upset if Hatton won this week. And it says here that he will do exactly that, earning that big-time win and taking his career up yet another level.