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Hatton in control at Dunhill Link

08 October 2017

Tommy Fleetwood broke the course record at Carnoustie by shooting 9-under 63 to tie for the lead with defending champion Tyrrell Hatton after two rounds of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Friday.

The former Ryder Cup player was off the back of the green with his approach shot at the Road Hole but got up and down to make par.

Hatton took a five-shot lead into Sunday and the 25-year-old might have sensed it would be his day right from the off, as he chipped in to escape with par at the first, having found the water of the Swilken Burn with his approach shot.

Hatton is on the brink of becoming the first player in the tournament's history to successfully defend his title, pulling clear of the chasing pack after carding a second blemish-free 65 in as many days.

"Today was a great day".

And Ross Fisher, who won the last of his five European titles in 2014, had six birdies in his final seven holes after starting from the 10th. I played really good.

Rory McIlroy, without a win in 2017, had been outside the cut mark but finished four under to make it by one.

It's only one of the most revered and hard tests of golf in the world.

If anyone is to mount a serious challenge to Hatton it may be Paul Dunne, in third place at 11 under par.

Carnoustie is regarded as the most hard of the three courses that stage the tournament.

Hatton, 25, who reached 14th in the world rankings in March, equalled the course record at the home of golf a year ago on his way to a four-shot victory and is bidding to become the first man to successfully defend this title.

"I want to give myself the opportunity now to put a lot of foundations in place going forward and that is what I will concentrate (on) from now to the end of the year", he said.

Hatton in control at Dunhill Link