Tyrrell Hatton is hoping his fortunes are about to turn at Augusta National as he prepares to embark upon his seventh Masters next week.
Hatton has missed the cut in two of his six Masters appearances, breaking 70 on just one occasion, with his best finish a share of 18th in 2021.
The Englishman’s strength is on the greens having ranked 4th in strokes gained putting on the PGA Tour last season but putting has been his nemesis on the quick and undulating Augusta greens.Hatton lost 1.37 strokes on the greens at last year’s Masters on his way to a 52nd place finish.
However, the former Arnold Palmer Invitational winner isn’t overly concerned with his inability to shoot low scores heading to Magnolia Lane.
“Next week will be my seventh Masters, so it’s not like I’m short of experience around there,” said Hatton.
“Generally speaking, I’ve not putted particularly well there, which again going back through stats and stuff throughout the years, putting’s normally a strength of mine. Yeah, I’ve just not holed the putts. I’ve broken 70 was it once in my 17 or 18 tournament rounds. You know, it’s not a record to get excited about.
“Having said that, you don’t always have to shoot low around there to have a great week. Typically the winning score’s higher than normal weeks. It’s not often where the winning score’s gone lower than 10 under. It’s not really the kind of week that you have to shoot low, so I guess in that sense it’s not too concerning. Yeah, just it’s an interesting golf course.”
Hatton is yet to truly compete to win a major championship on a Sunday and he hopes his plan to play the week before every major gives him an edge going into the four biggest weeks of the year.
“Well, I mean, before The Open I generally always play the Scottish. I’m trying to think. This year I’m going to play, it looks like I’m going to be playing before each major, certainly for the first few. Yeah, it’s just how it’s going to go this year to be honest.”
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