Hatton will remember his Sunday with Tiger at Riviera for rest of his life

Ronan MacNamara

Tryyell Hatton & Tiger Woods (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Tyrrell Hatton says playing with Tiger Woods on the Sunday of a PGA Tour event will stay with him for the rest of his life as he reminisced on one of the special moments of his career.

Hatton was drawn with Tiger for the final round of the Genesis Invitational as the 15-time major champion made his first competitive appearance since the 150th Open Championship.

The Englishman was asked about his experience when speaking to the media after a third round 66 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and he admitted that it was a bucket list item ticked in his career.

“Yeah, I mean, well, like I’ve said before, with pretty much everyone my age, like Tiger is their golfing idol. Guys that came up watching the game and watching him win most weeks, as kids you’re always drawn to superstars and obviously Tiger was definitely that.

“So going out there playing with him on Sunday at Riviera when he’s wearing the red, like that was pretty cool. So I’ll remember that day the rest of my life. I think that’s pretty special. I don’t think you should be ashamed in like competing against someone, but still like obviously admiring them for what they have achieved.

“I was sad that I didn’t play as good as I would have liked to. Obviously I wanted to go out there and have really good round of golf to finish the tournament. But that aside, yeah, it was a very special day for me.

“I have played with him before. In Mexico in the WGC. On the Saturday. But obviously I think it feels different when you’re playing here in the States on Sunday, a PGA TOUR event. Especially everything that he’s gone through to get back to where he is now, to be able to tee it up and play. I think the turnout with the crowds and them just showing their appreciation for him, yeah, it was pretty special to witness.”


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