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

Hatton claimed victory at LIV Golf Nashville on Sunday, posting a final-round 65 for a six-shot victory over Sam Horsfield of Majesticks GC. That’s the second-highest margin of victory in LIV Golf history, and his 19-under total is tied for the second-lowest score.

It is also the largest margin of victory in Hatton’s 11 career victories. 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 in three-and-a-half years, you wonder if you could do it again in some way,” said Hatton, who was never seriously threatened in the final round. “It’s a pretty special feeling to win again.”

His XIII Legion captain, Jon Rahm, had no doubts about Hatton’s ability when he brought him to LIV Golf as a top partner in his new expansion team. As it turned out, Hatton beat Rahm to the team’s first individual title.

“For everybody who doesn’t know how good Tyrrell Hatton is, this is proof for sure,” said Rahm, who finished in a four-way tie for third. “I think today he shows how good he can be. Obviously, it’s never easy to win, and to win by six in three runs is pretty impressive.”

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

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

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

The team fight was a bit more competitive, even though Legion XIII jumped out to a 10-time lead in the early stages. At one point, their lead was cut to four shots, which, with all the scores counting, can disappear quickly.

But with all four Legion players shooting below par, they never opened the door for any chasers. The closest competition was for the other two spots on the podium, with Bryson DeChambeau’s Crushers GC taking second, while Torque edging Majesticks GC into third.

The Legion’s previous two wins came at Mayakoba (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 accessible this week, leaving Rahm to wonder if his club could win such a race. They went 40-under total, the second-lowest winning score of the season. It’s Legion XIII’s third win of the season and moves them nine points clear of the league-leading Crushers in the season standings.

“We didn’t think this was a particularly good golf course for our team,” Rahm said. “Not that we can’t, but…those birdiefest events weren’t our thing.” Of course, having said that, we will end up with a win.”

It helps when you have the individual winner burning up the field.


Team Scores:

Rankings and Score Counts for Sunday’s Final Round of Team Competition at LIV Golf Nashville. The best three scores from each team count in the first two rounds, while all four scores count in the final round. The team with the lowest cumulative score after three rounds wins the team title.

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, Samooja 69, Meronk 70, Kaymer 74; Rd. 3 score: -5)

8. FIREBALL 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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