Arnold Palmer Invitational Recap: Hatton Wins in Brutal Conditions
Arnold Palmer Invitational Recap: Hatton Wins in Brutal Conditions

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One week ago, we were all talking about whether a European golfer needed to win on the PGA Tour to validate his career. Well, Tyrrell Hatton is not as accomplished as Tommy Fleetwood, but here we go again.

No matter where you stand on the issue, Hatton validated himself and a whole lot more by surviving brutal conditions all weekend long to become the fifth straight international winner of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill on Sunday afternoon. The 28-year-old Englishman has won four times on the European Tour but, yes, this was the biggest win of his burgeoning career – by far.

The API boasted a strength-of-field rating of 556, per the OWGR website, while Hatton's previous wins, including the Turkish Open in November, were all under 250. That's a cavernous disparity. Nine of the top-15 in the world were in Orlando, including Fleetwood. Hatton's countryman found himself in the center of controversy last week after failing to close out the Honda Classic, leaving him a top-10 golfer but one without a PGA Tour win. Fleetwood missed the cut at Bay Hill – and that was before the difficult conditions truly stiffened on the weekend.

Hatton naturally was asked about Fleetwood, and he negotiated the issue as well as he negotiated the difficult golf course, saying simply that it's tough to win on any tour. Nicely done, Tyrrell.

It certainly was tough at Bay Hill.

Hatton won with a score of only 4-under, one better than 2017

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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