Defending champ Hatton leads Dunhill Links by 5

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Of the 13,145 professional rounds played on the Old Course, no one has shot a lower score than what Ross Fisher did on Sunday during the final round of the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Hatton was relentless. Despite Ross Fisher mounting a final-day charge that would result in a 61 - a record for the Old Course - Hatton's lead was never in doubt.

Hatton had said before he teed off that to win at the Home of Golf once was incredible, but to do it twice would be "a dream come true".

"I didn't see a leaderboard on the back nine until the 16th green, when I saw Fish was at 21-under and I was thinking how well he was going today".

Fisher, who played himself into contention by gaining six shots in his last seven holes on Saturday, maintained his sizzling form by carding seven birdies on the front nine.

Hatton came in to the final day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with a healthy five shot lead but experienced an early hiccup when he put his approach on the opening hole in to the Swilcan Burn.

"I'm gutted I missed that one at the last, but it was one of those days", Fisher told Sky Sports.

Nine-time major victor Gary Player tweeted that he was "delighted for all the players" on their scoring but also said "it's quite sad to see The Old Course of St Andrews brought to her knees by today's ball and equipment".

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"What a great round of golf from Fish, it's unbelievable", Hatton told the European Tour.

"I think that those kinds of rounds get the attention of a lot of people and make them wonder if something's out of balance and if the skill factor has changed", Shackelford said.

'I'm definitely a better player I feel than the player that won some of those tournaments and some of those majors, ' McIlroy said. Unfortunately Tyrrell was too far ahead.

"I think the format is helping me, playing with Jamie (Dornan) we have good fun out there and it sort of keeps me relaxed which is what I need to do".

Jamie Donaldson and Kieran McManus combined for a closing 56 to get to 40 under and win the team event by three shots.

Playing his first event since becoming a father for the first time last week, Fleetwood birdied six of the last eight holes to complete a bogey-free round and beat the course record by a shot.

Another man who also made significant strides up the season rankings is Robert Rock.

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