Tyrrell Hatton may be the hottest player in the world right now. Can he carry that momentum into this week’s Zozo Championship?
There are not many, if any, golfers in the world right now hotter than Tyrrell Hatton. And this week, the red-hot Hatton returns to action, facing 77 others in the Zozo Championship at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California.
Two weeks ago, on the European Tour, Hatton blew away the field at the BMW PGA Championship. He shot 66-67-69-67 to win by four strokes over Victor Perez. For Hatton, it was his first win on the European Tour this season and his fifth overall in his career.
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For Hatton, the win in Europe was not his first win of 2020. He previously was a winner at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, outlasting the field, including runner-up Marc Leishman, by one shot in windy conditions.
Hatton carried the momentum of his win at the BMW PGA Championship into last week’s CJ Cup.
In fact, Hatton grabbed the early lead at last week’s CJ Cup in Las Vegas. His 65 in the first round gave him a one-shot advantage through 18 holes.
He followed that with a 68 on Friday to stay in the mix. However, Hatton’s 73 on Saturday dropped him back a bit. He bounced back with another 65 on Sunday to rally his way into a tie for third place.
The hot streak from the 29-year-old Hatton was a bit unforeseen. He played in the U.S. Open at Winged Foot in the middle of September, but he did not have a very good result. Hatton shot 74 on Thursday and followed that with a 78 on Friday. So it’s not like he entered the month of October on a hot streak.
But since October began, Hatton has caught fire. If not for having to travel from England to Las Vegas last week, one wonders how Hatton might have done. While he would not definitively say so, the extreme time change probably caught up with Hatton on the weekend. By the time he bounced back, it was too late.
This week, we may find out how he fares when not having to travel through multiple time zones. He will remain in the Pacific time zone, travelling from Las Vegas to Thousand Oaks, California for the Zozo Championship. And that might be the only boost that Hatton needs to win for the second time on the PGA Tour this season. Look for Hatton to find himself in the mix all weekend. And it would be no surprise to see Hatton holding the trophy at the end of the weekend.