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

Hatton was victorious at LIV Golf Nashville on Sunday, posting a six-shot final-round 65 over Majesticks GC’s Sam Horsfield. This marks the second-highest winning percentage in LIV Golf history and the second-lowest 19-under total.

It is also the largest margin of victory of 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.

“He hasn’t won in three-and-a-half years and you wonder if you can somehow do it again,” said Hatton, who was never seriously threatened in the final round. “It feels pretty special to win again.”

Legion XIII captain Jon Rahm had no doubts about Hatton’s abilities when he brought him to LIV Golf as the new expansion team’s top running mate. As it turned out, Hatton defeated Rahm to claim the team’s first individual title.

“For all of you who don’t know how good Tyrrell Hatton is, this is 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 in three rounds is quite impressive.”

Hatton entered the final round with a three-shot lead before birdying the third and fourth holes. Rahm got going early and cut the lead to two at one point before suffering a double bogey at the par-4 sixth when he hit two different shots in the water.

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

“A three-shot lead is not the easiest thing to play because you know guys are going to want to chase you,” said Hatton, whose par on the 13th hole was the final key moment. “I got off to a good start and that calmed me down.”

The team battle was a bit more intense, despite Legion XIII breaking out to a 10 pace lead early on. At one point, their lead was cut to within four strokes, which could disappear quickly when all scores are taken into account.

But with all four Legion players shooting under par, they never opened the door for any chasers. The other two podium spots were closely contested, with Bryson DeChambeau’s Crushers GC finishing second, while Torque’s Majesticks GC finished third.

Legion’s previous two wins came in Mayakoba (under-24) and Miami (under-22) on two challenging courses that didn’t offer endless scoring opportunities. The Grove course, with its wide fairways, was playable this week, so Rahm wondered if his club could win such an event. They totaled under 40, the second-lowest margin of victory of the season. It was Legion XIII’s third win of the season and moved within nine points of the league leaders Crushers all season.

“I didn’t think it was a golf course layout that would specifically suit our team,” Rahm said. “Not that we don’t know, but…these birdiefest type events weren’t our thing.” Of course, after I say that, we win.”

It helps if the individual winner scorches the field.


Team Points:

Standings and tally of results from Sunday’s final round of the LIV Golf Nashville Team Tournament. Each team’s three best scores in the first two rounds count, while all four scores count in the final round. After the three rounds, the team with the lowest total score wins the team championship.

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

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

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

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

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

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

T6. CLEEKS GC -19 (Bland 66, Samooja 69, Meronk 70, Kaymer 74; 3rd point: -5)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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