Open 2014: Tyrrell Hatton wins ‘last-minute’ place at Hoylake
England's Tyrrell Hatton made up for a near miss in Johannesburg five months ago by booking a last-minute place in this week's Open Championship.
The 23-year-old fired a final-round three-under-par 68 to finish tied for fourth in the Scottish Open on Sunday to secure his place at Hoylake.
Hatton's spot at The Open may have been finalised back in February when he was tied runner-up at the Joburg Open.
But he missed out based on his position in the official world golf rankings.
The Buckinghamshire golfer's performance at Royal Aberdeen not only earned him the biggest pay cheque of his career, for 148,039 euros (£117,729), it also earned him his ticket to Hoylake.
There were three places available for the 143rd Open Championship for the highest-placed finishers in the top 10 at the Scottish Open, who had not already previously qualified for The Open.
|Hatton's big payday|
|Tyrrell Hatton earned his second six-figure pay cheque at Royal Aberdeen - 148,039 euros - having also picked up 101,096.70 euros (£80,298) for his tie for second at the Joburg Open in South Africa in February.|
Swede Kristoffer Broberg, who finished runner-up to Justin Rose at Royal Aberdeen, took the first of those three places, with the other two going to Hatton and Scotsman Scott Jamieson.
High Wycombe-born Hatton, whose home course is at Harleyford, could not hide his delight at qualifying to play at his third Open.
"I'm over the moon to have qualified for the Open, which was my goal at the start of the week," said Hatton.
"Missing out at Joburg was obviously difficult so getting into The Open last minute is really good.
"That should also secure my European Tour card for next year. I was 64th going into this week. That should make me top 60 now and hopefully I'll stay there. I've just got to work at staying calmer out on the course."
Hatton, who has now shot up to 47th in the Race to Dubai, made his first Open appearance as an amateur at St Andrews in 2010, shooting rounds of 78 and 77 to miss the cut by nine shots.
He then fared even worse at Muirfield last year, his halfway total of 161 (82-79) proving 11 strokes too many to make it through to the weekend.