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COLLEGE GROVE: After three and a half years without an individual win, Tyrrell Hatton proved this week that not only can he win again, he can dominate. His Legion XIII team, meanwhile, proved they could win the bird festival.

Hatton cruised to victory at LIV Golf Nashville on Sunday, shooting a final-round 65 for a six-shot win over Majesticks GC’s Sam Horsfield. That is tied for the second-largest winning margin in LIV Golf history, and his 19-under total is the second-lowest.

It’s also the largest margin of victory in Hatton’s 11-career career. More importantly, it ends a drought that has left the 32-year-old Englishman wondering if he will ever return to the winner’s circle.

“Having not won for three-and-a-half years, you wonder if you can do it again in some way,” said Hatton, who was never seriously threatened in the final round. “Winning again is a very special feeling.”

His Legion XIII captain, Jon Rahm, had no doubts about Hatton’s ability when he brought him to LIV Golf as his best teammate on his new expansion team. As it turned out, Hatton defeated Rahm for the team’s first singles title.

“For all those out there who don’t know how good Tyrrell Hatton is, this is solid proof,” said Rahm, who finished in a four-way tie for third. “I think today just shows how good he can be. Obviously it’s never easy to win and to win by six leads in three rounds is pretty impressive.”

Hatton entered the final round with a three-shot lead before birdying the third and fourth holes. Rahm made an early move and cut the gap to two at one point before suffering a double bogey on the par-4 sixth when he found the water with two different putts.

The hottest player in the field, Torque GC captain Joaquin Niemann, shot a 9-under 62, but was too far to start the day and ended up tied for third.

“A three-shot lead is not the easiest thing to play because you know guys are going to try to chase you,” said Hatton, whose par save on the 13th hole was the final crucial moment. “I started well and that calmed me down.”

The team fight was a bit more competitive, though Legion XIII had a 10 hit advantage in the early stages. At one point, their lead was down to four shots, which can disappear quickly when all the results are taken into account.

But with all four Legion players shooting under par, they never really opened the door for any pursuers. The other two spots on the podium were the toughest competition, with Bryson DeChambeau’s Crushers GC taking second and Torque edging out Majesticks GC for third.

The Legion’s previous two wins came at Mayakoba (at 24 under) and Miami (22 under) on two challenging courses that didn’t offer endless scoring opportunities. The Grove course, with its wide fairways, was up for grabs this week, and Rahm wondered if his club could win such a race. They managed a total of 40 less, the second-lowest winning margin of the season. This is Legion XIII’s third win of the season and moves them nine points clear of the leaders Crushers in the season standings.

“I didn’t think this golf course was a good fit for our team,” Rahm said. “Not that we can’t, but…those bird festival type events weren’t our thing. Of course, when I say that, we end up winning.”

It helps to have an individual winner who burns up the field.


Team results:

Rankings and score tallies for Sunday’s final round of team competition at LIV Golf Nashville. Each team’s top three scores count in the first two rounds, while all four scores count in the final round. The team title is won by the team with the lowest total score after three rounds.

1. LEGION XIII -40 (Hatton 65, Rahm 68, Surratt 69, Vincent 70; Rd. 3 score: -12)

2. CRUSHERS GC -35 (Casey 65, DeChambeau 68, Lahiri 69, Catlin 70; Rd. 3 score: -12)

3. TORQUE GC -34 (Niemann 62, Munoz 65, Ortiz 69, Pereira 72; Rd. 3 score: -16)

4. MAJESTICKS GC -32 (Horsfield 65, Westwood 66, Poulter 70, Stenson 70; Rd. 3 score: -13)

5. STINGER GC -22 (Oosthuizen 64, Schwartzel 67, Burmester 72, Grace 72; Rd. 3 score: -9)

T6. RIPPER GC -19 (Jones 68, Leishman 69, Smith 69, Herbert 70; Rd. 3 score: -19)

T6. CLEEKS GC -19 (Bland 66, Samoa 69, Meronk 70, Kaymer 74; Rd. 3 score: -5)

8. FIREBALLS GC -16 (Ancer 68, Garcia 68, Chacarra 70, Puig 75; Rd. 3 score: -3)

9. 4ACES GC -15 (Perez 64, Reed 67, Varner III 71, Johnson 75; Rd. 3 score: -7)

10. HYFLYERS GC -14 (Tringale 66, Steele 67, Mickelson 71, Ogletree 72; Rd. 3 score: -8)

11. RANGEGOATS GC -13 (Wolff 67, Pieters 68, Watson 69, Uihlein 73; Rd. 3 score: -7)

12. SMASH GC -12 (Koepka 71, Kokrak 71, McDowell 71, Gooch 72; Rd. 3 score: +1)

13. IRON HEADS GC -11 (Lee 70, Na 72, Vincent 72, Kozuma 74; Rd. 3 score: +4)

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